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Man killed in shooting at Fayetteville home; 26-year-old charged

Posted January 24
Updated January 25

Harold Allen

— A Fayetteville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man Friday night at a home on Chesapeake Road, police said. 

According to investigators, Harold Allen, 26, of 5212 Chesapeake Road, shot and killed Freddie Locks at about 8 p.m. following a domestic dispute between Locks and a female who was at the home. 

Investigators said Locks was assaulting the female during the disturbance before Allen shot and killed him with a shotgun that was inside the home.

Allen is charged with one count of first-degree murder. He was in the Cumberland County jail early Saturday under no bond. 

No information about the woman who was inside the home at the time of the shooting has been released.

No other information was immediately available. 

Anyone with information concerning the homicide investigation is asked to call detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • celtiquedreamz Jan 27, 2:08 p.m.

    I never said I liked the law. I must however abide by it. If the man who assaulted the women threatened her life by the assault or presented a deadly weapon, that is a different story. It is still a horrible thing to assault anyone, let alone a women, but it is not right to justify taking someone's life for a simple assault.

  • westernwake1 Jan 27, 12:53 p.m.

    WesternWake1 - That is correct. You can only present equal force for defense. You can not use... View More

    — Posted by celtiquedreamz

    Let me put it this way. If you are in my home beating a female then I am going to shoot you. I'm pretty sure no matter what the exact wording of the Castle law or other legal provisions - there will not be a jury in the county that will convict me of using a firearm to stop the assault.

    I want to know in this case what other factors led to a charge of murder - based on the publicly available information found in the article there is no way IMO that a murder charge is justified.

  • celtiquedreamz Jan 27, 11:22 a.m.

    WesternWake1 - That is correct. You can only present equal force for defense. You can not use a firearm in response to simple assault. It must be considered a threat to life to justify using a firearm.

    § 14‑51.1. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder.
    (a) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence is justified in using any degree of force that the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force, against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder’s unlawful entry (i) if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or (ii) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.

  • bubbaredneck Jan 27, 10:14 a.m.

    I applaud this man! So tired of abuse going on!! He won't do that anymore!!

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 27, 8:52 a.m.

    "You are not allowed to defend a female from being assaulted in North Carolina? " - westernwake1


    Simple assault? Nope. It has to be fear of death, serious bodily injury, or rape.

  • westernwake1 Jan 27, 8:32 a.m.

    "Investigators said Locks was assaulting the female during the disturbance before Allen shot and killed him with a shotgun that was inside the home."

    So let me get this straight.. the Castle law for some reason does not apply in this case? You are not allowed to defend a female from being assaulted in North Carolina?

    This shooting sounds completely justified unless facts come out that show a different version of events.