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Man shot trying to break into east Durham home

Posted August 23, 2013

— A man trying to break into a home in a Durham County mobile home park early Friday was shot and killed by someone inside the home, authorities said.

Four people were home in the 300 block of Stoney Creek Circle, and investigators said they believe the intruder had a relationship with someone at the house. An altercation occurred, and shots were fired, they said.

Authorities were trying to locate Carlos Hernandez, who they believe fired the fatal shot and then left. He was described as Hispanic and in his early to mid-40s and might be driving a small red sedan.

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Deputy Paul Sherwin, a spokesman for the Durham County Sheriff's Office, said investigators aren't calling Hernandez a suspect because they aren't sure whether a crime occurred. The shooting might have been justifiable self-defense, he said.

Authorities haven't released the name of the shooting victim.

Neighbor Derrick Parnell said that, while the shooting wasn't random, it still worries him.

"I have a small child. I'm concerned anytime there is violent crime around," Parnell said. "I don't necessarily fear for an intruder or anything in here, but I was alarmed by it."

Margaret Boyd, who has lived in the Mineral Springs Village mobile home park for 20 years, also was on edge after the shooting.

"I live here alone, so I didn't feel safe at that time," Boyd said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham County Sheriff's Office at 919-560-0880 or the sheriff's office tip line at 919-560-7151.


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  • Lightfoot3 Aug 26, 2013

    “investigators said they believe the intruder had a relationship with someone at the house” – article

    The shooting will probably sour that relationship.

    “If every home had a gun, there were be far fewer break ins.” – OleNCNative

    Or more dead intruders. Either is fine with me.

  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 23, 2013

    Come into my house using force to do so and you will meet the same fate.

    I did not work as hard as I have for what I have for you to simply walk in and take it, nor did I buy my house for unwanted guests to come in and make themselves at home.

  • Jack Flash Aug 23, 2013

    "Why should the homeowners (victims) have to spend there hard earned money defending themselves in court for defending there family ?"

    Are you responding to me? I was referring to the dead person. I'd prefer that he be alive and facing charges for breaking into the home or for assault and battery. (The details of exactly what happened are still rather sketchy.)

  • cynicaljill Aug 23, 2013

    Am I the only one who things its odd that the one woman gave her full name and the area she lives in adding that she lives alone...?

  • beachboater Aug 23, 2013

    I too am all for shooting anyone trying to come inside my house without invitation, but this story does have a few holes in it. The story said an altercation occurred. Isn't an altercation hand to hand?

    And, why did the suspected shooter leave? Illegal? Warrants? Fear of prosecution? A lot of possibilities with not a lot of answers YET.

  • amenmike Aug 23, 2013

    So quick to judge without all the facts.

  • conservativepatriot Aug 23, 2013

    The man shot was breaking into a home .It was not a courtesy call! Why should the homeowners (victims) have to spend there hard earned money defending themselves in court for defending there family ?

  • Jack Flash Aug 23, 2013

    "I completly agree with shooting a person breaking into a home and that it saves taxpayers money for trials"

    Agreeing specifically b/c it saves $ is the wrong reason to agree. I agree b/c using lethal force when necessary in self-defense is regrettable but completely acceptable.

    Like putting a good interview suit on your credit card in order to land your first job, there is some money we have to be willing to spend. I think trials to ensure justice would be one such category. As justifiable as this shooting appears to be, I'd much rather the deceased in this case have his day in court and an opportunity to change his life than for him to be dead.

  • Relic Aug 23, 2013

    Don't care. You're breaking in, you get the consequences. Next story...

  • computer trainer Aug 23, 2013

    I suspect that there is a lot more to this story!