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Intruder shot, killed by homeowner in Person County home invasion

Posted September 8, 2014

— A homeowner shot and killed a masked man early Sunday who had broken into the Timberlake home, aimed a shotgun and demanded money, authorities said.

Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones said the homeowner, whom he did not name, discovered Jonathan Ellias Ziminack, 25, in the bedroom at about 5 a.m. wearing a mask “like a hoodie (but) only his eyes were showing.”

The homeowner pulled a pistol from beside his bed and fired one shot at Ziminack, Jones said. The bullet hit the shotgun before striking Ziminack in the stomach, Jones said.

Ziminack was transported by medical helicopter to Duke University Medical Center where he died on the way to surgery, Jones said.

After the shooting, deputies stopped Ziminack's girlfriend, Cody Alicia Bowling, 20, driving the would-be getaway car in the area, Jones said. She was being held Monday in the Person County jail under a $75,000 bond for conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary.

Jones said authorities are considering charging Bowling with first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery.


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  • gregbscis Sep 9, 2014

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    True but if a .22 LR can bring down a deer, it will bring down a human. I personally own a .45 ACP but would be equally happy with a .22 LR as well. In addition, to what you had stated about hollow points. Hollow points also reduce the chance of "collateral damage" since they will most likely mushroom out and stick in the first solid thing they hit.

  • ncouterbanks69 Sep 9, 2014

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    No being a republican I live in reality. However I suppose you are right....this man probably had no insurance but no prison costs and I am willing to bet he was already getting free money which is also no longer necessary. I understand math can be hard for some but let's just say that equals a savings for the working man.

  • Freda Kerr Sep 9, 2014
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    Um, I'm a liberal on some social issues, but I'm also a gun owner and I applaud this homeowner.

  • Betty Russell Sep 9, 2014
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    I don't know why the homeowner had to shoot the guy.

    — Posted by vile garbage

    REALLY? You have to ask such an asinine question? What would you do if a masked intruder broke into your house with a shot gun? OMG....some people just amaze me. Bless your heart!

  • Classified Sep 9, 2014

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    Probably fouled his knickers!

  • ytb781pearl Sep 9, 2014

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    Whut? Of course, we don't want the home owner be the victim. LOL

  • babylaceycarpenter Sep 9, 2014

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    Pray tell. What NEW law do you think the criminals are going to follow?

  • Betty Russell Sep 9, 2014
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    More gun control laws will not help the law abiding citizens. The criminals will always find a way to get guns regardless of any laws. We have enough laws on the books now, enforce them.

  • John Dees Sep 9, 2014
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    gregbscis Sep 9, 11:47 a.m.

    "homeowner pulled a pistol from beside his bed and fired one shot at Ziminack, Jones said. The... View More

    — Posted by mike275132

    Whether it is .45 ACP or .22 LR, it will defeat an assailant. gregbscis

    I can see the moderators being overwhelmed with responses on ballistics now :) There are a lot of opinions on that comment. I agree with you ...,,,....,,,...,,, somewhat.

  • Stilllearnin Sep 9, 2014

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