Intruder Falls Through Ceiling, Shot to Death
Posted April 30, 1999
FAYETTEVILLE — The Cumberland County Sheriff's office is dealing with an unusual case -- a man was fatally shot after he fell through the ceiling of a home.
Sgt. Steve McLamb says two people inside a house on Amanda Circle heard noises coming from the attic around 7:30 a.m. Minutes later, the intruder lost his footing.
"There were noises coming from up in the attic area," McLamb said. "The victim fell through the ceiling of the home, was shot once and died on the scene."
The man shot to death was 41-year-old Foster Wright III. Detectives say one of the two people inside the house, a juvenile, shot Wright. The youngster has not been arrested.
"Detectives released the suspect," McLamb said. "This is a unique situation that I cannot comment on, but they had their reasons to release."
Arrest records show that Wright used to live in the house where he died. Family members said Wright was shot by his own son.
Detectives would not confirm Wright was shot by his son. They did say the victim and the suspect knew each other.
Now, investigators will turn over the evidence they have to the district attorney Monday morning. He will decide if the juvenile suspect will face any charges.
Detectives say they do not know why Wright was in the attic. They say he was no longer living there, and had somehow broken in and gotten into the attic.