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Fayetteville homeowner shoots suspected burglar

Posted April 25, 2012

— Cumberland County authorities have arrested two men in connection with a home break-in over the weekend in which the homeowner scared them off after shooting one of them in the chest.

The woman told sheriff's deputies that she was taking a nap in her home on Grape Arbor Drive, east of Fayetteville, Saturday afternoon when she heard glass breaking.

She grabbed the shotgun, police said, went into the kitchen and saw the hand of a man attempting to unlock a window.

She fired a shot when yelling didn't scare them away. The two teens then fled the scene, and the woman called 911 to report the crime, according to investigators.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office later charged Dashawn William Smith, 18, of the 200 block of Ellington Road in Fayetteville, after he was admitted to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.

Isaiah Whitty, 16, of the 4300 block of Frontier Avenue, who was also charged, said Smith was shot while playing basketball.

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Smith, who was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning, was charged with felony breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering.

Whitty, who faces the same charges, was jailed in the Cumberland County Detention Center and later released into his parent's custody on a $5,000 bond.

Investigators said that they do not plan to file any charges against the homeowner.

Under state law, people have the right to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear of death or serious injury in their homes, on the property immediately around their homes, in their vehicle or in their work places.

The so-called Castle Doctrine presumes that an intruder is there to do harm, and the homeowner is not required to retreat.


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Apr 26, 2012

    By the way, under the PREVIOUS state law, any home owner had the right to shoot to kill EVEN IF THE PERP WAS UNARMED while the break-in was occurring. Beyond 6-10 feet from the "threshold" , you were forced to retreat.

    THAT law made NO sense and put countless victims at risk for their lives.

  • kimmata518 Apr 26, 2012

    I used to be afraid of/against guns until early one morning a couple months ago. I was sleeping in my bed and heard a rattling sound, looked over and there was a man 3/4 of the way in my window. Luckily my screaming scared him off. What if the screaming didn't scare him off? I could be dead right now. Needless to say, I have a gun next to my bed now. To the people that are anti-gun....has this ever happened to you? After this incident I can't sleep at night and constantly look out my window!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Apr 26, 2012

    "...I am against general people owning gun in excuse of self defense..."

    I'm speechless.

    Perhaps it would have been preferable to you if the victim had allowed herself to be raped and beaten?

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Apr 26, 2012

    Excellent news! It's too late to call a cop when windows are breaking.

  • MECU0905 Apr 26, 2012

    Good job to the homeowner!

  • noj2day Apr 26, 2012

    You play with fire; you get burnt! He had it coming! Way to go HOMEOWNER!

  • anews77 Apr 25, 2012

    I am against general people owning gun in excuse of self defense,

    scg...do you know anything at all about guns????...

  • gabewilliams12 Apr 25, 2012

    SF soldier..not sure your fellow SF Soldiers would appreciate the "These People" comment. I will check with my SF soldier and see. I am sure you dont mind your Fellow SF Soldiers who train with you and protect your tail.

  • gabewilliams12 Apr 25, 2012

    This is a clear story of STAND YOUR GROUND..she said I have a gun, this nit wit decided he was going to keep trying to get in there..She clearly was in the right to pop a cap in his behind. Good for you homeowner...

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Apr 25, 2012

    djofraleigh, I've read many of your comments. I think you are the most levelheaded person on here. All of your comments on any story are always either good/positive or hopeful (for whatever situation it is). I wish I thought more like you do!