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Suspect Sought in Fatal Home Invasion

Posted February 17, 2007

— Selma police are looking for the man they say shot and killed a teen during a home invasion Friday evening.

Police said 18-year old Anthony Surles was shot after two armed men went into a residence on Hunting Drive about 9:30 p.m. and attempted to rob six people inside.

Detectives issued a warrant for Jeffrey Lamont Evans, 32, on murder, armed robbery, and burglary charges. They are also attempting to identify the second gunman with Evans during the incident.

Neighbor Gwendolyn Phelps told WRAL a young man banged on her door shortly after the shooting and yelled inside, asking someone to call an ambulance.

“He said his cousin had got shot, and I looked out the door and saw a young man lying out here on the ground,” Phelps said.

While Surles' cousin called 911 from Phelps' home, she went outside to help.

“Just came out and knelt down beside him and put a towel on his back, because he'd been shot in his back,” she said.

Phelps, a nurse's assistant, said Surles was unconscious but still had a pulse when the paramedics came. He later died at the hospital.

For Phelps, the image of a teenager dying in front of her home will be tough to shake.

“Just wish I could've done more,” she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Selma Police Department at (919) 965-8189.

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  • Dave Green Feb 19, 2007

    It's past time the legislature passed a Castle Doctrine for North Carolina like so many other states have already enacted.

    The "Castle Doctrine" simply says that if a criminal breaks into your home, your occupied vehicle or your place of business, you may presume he is there to do bodily harm and you may use any force against him.

    It also removes the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a right to be.

    Furthermore, this law provides protection from criminal prosecution and civil litigation for those who defend themselves from criminal attack.

    Let's get with it you guys!

  • nursevb8 Feb 19, 2007

    The officials are too busy stealing money to care about toughening laws. I think it should be an eye for an eye. This incidence sounds like there was more involved than what we know. Why did they go to that specific trailer, why not the neighbors? Why was there six adults in this home? Why did they shoot an 18 y/o? Lets here the rest of the story.

  • sweet4you Feb 19, 2007

    we definetely need tougher laws...I'm sick and tired of my tax money paying for those idiots to sit in prison and body build. One strike you're out in my book. What good is a murderer/child molester/gang banger to the sociaety anyway???

  • Bradley07 Feb 18, 2007

    Tougher Laws Amen!! How many times do the victims and their families of crimes have to be slapped in the face. When the criminal that hurt them gets to be taken care of on their taxes!! The person they love is gone and the one who took their life gets 3 squares a day, rec time, TV Etc. Why??? Because our lawmakers let the bleeding hearts lead them!!
    Enough already!!

  • Viet Nam Era Vet Feb 18, 2007

    Lawmakers, we are sick of this perpetual crap!

  • Tax Man Feb 18, 2007

    Another case that fully supports the death penalty! The two criminals who invaded this home need to be hunted down, tried and executed! Also, NC doe have a great law allowing residents of homes to use lethal force against intruders - even if the intruders are nor armed! If someone tries to enter my home, God bless their sole because they will be dead on arrival!

  • mchlpickle Feb 18, 2007

    We really need to put in elected officals who will get tougher on these criminals.Have the three strikes law.They need to broadcast these executions in prisons and to first offenders when they are arrested so they can see whats down the road for them after the third strike.Only then will it show these thugs that we're not playing anymore.This will only work if they stop pussyfootin with the executions.This will work by putting in elected officals who are not out to get rich by being elected but are interested in looking out for the interest of the voters that put them in office to start with.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 18, 2007

    Black trash, white trash, it's all the same. I'm so sick of hearing about this stuff. Crime has no racial boundary.
    I like most of the comments read on here. We're all tired of the black on black crimes, white on white crime (which usually involves innocent children and pregnant women)and just crime in general..Our judicial system really needs to step up and prosecute these repeat offenders and lock them up for good. Three strikes and your out? More like one and you're DONE. No where but America do we put up with this sort of thing.

  • wd Feb 18, 2007

    Wow. Do I sense a little hostility? While I agree that we have the right to defend ourselves, I really have to wonder if this story would have triggered such an aggressive response had the suspect been white. And please, people with guns, at least learn to spell, it's just embarrassing.

  • Monkey Love Feb 17, 2007

    Truman Ka Pootie has problems. He hides behind a fake screen name and too scred to use his real email address like others on here. What he says has nothing to do with the topics being discussed on here.