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Man shot while trying to break into Durham apartment

Posted July 9, 2013

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— A man was shot in the arm early Tuesday while trying to break into an apartment in the 500 block of Falls Pointe Drive, Durham police said. 

Investigators responding to a shooting call about 1 a.m. found the man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper left arm. A woman living inside the apartment shot him as he tried to break in. 

The man's name was not released, and police said he was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 9, 2013

    junkmail5, I never said North Carolina. It was a general statement.

  • Bartmeister Jul 9, 2013

    You obviously missed the point of my post. No law says you can not act uneducated or unskilled in the use of a gun to defend your home; hence "it just kept firing". My arm and the side of a house are all the evidence I need that a gun will continue to fire when it gets too hot. You just have to have the right gun to make the right defense. I have plenty to choose from. look deeper

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    Oh they're out there folks. That's the proof.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 9, 2013

    You may shoot through your door, even if the intruder is NOT inside, if you fear for your life. Another good law, which we law abiding citizens need!

  • junkmail5 Jul 9, 2013

    I hope he doesn't try to sue the homeowner. He can, technically (try)- Strawberry Letter 23 BETH

    Except, no, he can't.

    Anyone invoking castle doctrine is IMMUNE from civil suits.

    There have been cases where this same thing happened and the criminal sued and WON! - Strawberry

    Not in North Carolina it hasn't, no.

    My arm and the side of a house are all the evidence I need that a gun will continue to fire when it gets too hot. You just have to have the right gun to make the right defense. I have plenty to choose from.
    look deeper

    Huh? what guns are you claiming will continue shooting on their own when they get too hot?

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 9, 2013

    Rebelyell55, that's great to hear! I think that's only fair! Any injuries (in my opinion) that the intruder suffers, should be their responsibility. I am glad the law was changed.

  • yabbadabbadooo Jul 9, 2013

    the law in NC changes once an intruder is in the residence. once inside, it's more difficult to determine trespassing from B&E (forcible). You can ask a trespasser to leave, but can't shoot them unless they are threatening you with great bodily harm or your life is threatened... there is no assumption of this with trespassing, but with B&E there is... could be the person was in the house, just walked through the door, could be part of a domestic dispute of some sort, etc. Sounds like there is more to the story. Also, if you DO have a gun and think you may use it to defend yourself in your home - read up on the laws, know exactly what to say on the 911 call, and to police when they arrive, and have the number of a good criminal defense attorney ready. Once you shoot someone, your life is about to change, and if they die, it's certainly about to change.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 9, 2013

    There have been cases where this same thing happened and the criminal sued and WON! I've heard of this happening, and it should NOT happen, ever.

    Strawberry Letter 23 BETH
    July 9, 2013 4:41 p.m............I think the law has been change to stop this type of abuse by crimmal who lost during the robbery.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 9, 2013

    I hope he doesn't try to sue the homeowner. He can, technically (try), but hopefully, he wouldn't win. Remember, the law is always on the criminals side. There have been cases where this same thing happened and the criminal sued and WON! I've heard of this happening, and it should NOT happen, ever.

  • lec02572 Jul 9, 2013

    Part of the cost of being in that line of work.

  • Legally Here Jul 9, 2013

    Awesome she stopped him from potentially robbing, raping, killing her and nobody died. Hope he learns from it.

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