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Johnston woman says she shot at armed intruders

Posted May 21, 2015
Updated May 22, 2015

Barbara Temple said she shot at two men who broke into her home near Smithfield on May 21, 2015.
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— A Johnston County woman was wounded late Thursday during an apparent home invasion, but she got some shots off herself at the fleeing intruders.

Barbara and Sam Temple were in their home on N.C. Highway 210 near Smithfield at about 9 p.m. when two men broke in, Barbara Temple said.

The home had been burglarized a few weeks ago, when thieves made off with $27,000, she said. After that, she bought a 9-millimeter handgun for protection.

During Thursday's break-in, Barbara Temple said she grabbed her gun.

"When I got the gun, they realized that I had that gun, and that is when my leg got hit,” she said.

Despite being shot in the leg, she opened fire on the intruders, who ran off without taking anything from the home.

“I’m just hoping that they get whoever done it because we’ve been through terror," she said.

Johnston County deputies were investigating the incident Friday, but no arrests have been made.

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  • Ronald Lee May 23, 2015
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    Well Patrick, she'll still alive and not injured badly. Could have been much worse for her, had she been unarmed.

  • Patrick Demby May 23, 2015
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    Being armed sure seemed like it worked out better for her than the Liberal approved call 911, wet yourself and hope you don't get killed method of home defense.

    Guessing the hoplophobes will mysteriously miss this story to comment on.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger May 23, 2015
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    Glad you're OK and sorry you got had the first time. I don't care if they stole a coffee cup, it was yours to protect. Lastly, a shotgun is a better defense weapon, no need to be precise and a load of 00 Buck will take a limb off.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 23, 2015
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    You must be a product of WCPSS. Your reading is attrocious.
    Read it again genius.
    I said "Glad she shot back."

  • Aanritsen Deur May 23, 2015
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    Thank you for misinterpreting what I shared.
    It was a question, nothing more with no innuendoes lying beneath it.

  • Lisa Menendez May 22, 2015
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    Its her home and should have the right to keep her money or anything else in her... Who keeps 27k in their home? The person who has it... People to busy looking for something fishy, and not the point people are forcing their way into homes even if it is for a dollar... I would say something else, but WRAL viewers would need to find that fishy too and ask that it be removed because it's fact. Get a life people and just maybe we will not read these so called fishy stories that you consider fishy...

  • Angel Nardo-Myers May 22, 2015
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    your glad shot got shot??? REALLY??!!!! Why is that? She was protecting her home. Maybe they have a family business and that was the days receipts.

  • Elizabeth Anne Wells May 22, 2015
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    I am sorry...this sounds fishy...who has $27,000 just laying around the house???

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    Good points. Thanks.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    You go mama!!!
    I bet they aren't going to try to burglarize that house again.

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