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Intruder Killed by Fayetteville Homeowner

Posted May 23, 2007

— Authorities are investigating the death of a man whom a homeowner shot during an alleged home invasion.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fayetteville police officers responded to an unit at the Lake Shore Grand Luxury Apartments at 5508 Faith Drive in reference to a home invasion.


Investigators said four men entered the residence armed with a weapon while the occupant was home. Police said the homeowner heard the men enter the residence, armed himself and fired, shooting one of them.

"Its just disappointing, being in a community that is so removed from Fayetteville,” said neighbor SPC Bruce Barnes. “Why would this ever happen to us back here?"

Police said all four men fled the scene and drove to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where the wounded suspect died.

They identified the dead man as Buchkechio Geddie, 16, of 3200 Winesap Road in Hope Mills.

The three arrested were Michael Fripp, 22,  of 5051 Woodspring Road, Fayetteville; Torrian Knowles, 18, of 506 Pinewood Drive, Hope Mills, and Kwuamae Keaton, 17, of 6536 Foxberry Road, Fayetteville.

Police said the homeowner's name is being withheld to protect his safety.

Fripp, Knowles and Keaton face charges of first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, police said. They charged Fripp with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The management of Lake Shore Grande apartments went door-to-door Wednesday, passing out letters to alert residents of the incident.

"You think that this is safe," Barnes said. "But this is a country at war, obviously, and our own community is not even safe."


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  • paddie May 25, 2007

    Too bad the other three didn't get killed.

  • blubnnc May 25, 2007

    sammiesammie22: I am here for the last time, I will bail as this posting is messing with my peace, as it did my son's (Johnplayspool....suprise, suprise). But wanted to give you something to take with you today.

    I should help others all I can. Every troubled soul that is put in my path, is one for me to help. As I sincerely try to help, a supply of strength will overflow me. My circle of helpfulness will widen more and more. I must never say I have enough strengnth simply for my own need. They more I give away, the more I keep. That which I keep for myself, I will loose in the end.

    Make a difference.

  • peace_of_mind May 25, 2007

    I don't understand these bleeding hearts trying to defend or make excuses for this boy. He was old enough to know right from wrong and payed for it. I admire the homeowner for having the foresight to defend his home and protect his family. Only God knows what would have happened had he not been armed.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 25, 2007

    And legalize drugs too!

  • yukonjohn3 May 25, 2007

    Good Work Homeowner!! If this happens MUCH more, maybe some of this will stop!! I am armed and will shoot anyone in my house during the night. And not only will I shoot them...I will continue to shoot them until there is NO DOUBT that they are dead. I liked Lizards comment...struggling to reload!!

  • ss1488 May 25, 2007

    It's the "PC route" that's to blame for a lot of this mess.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 25, 2007

    Ok I was kidding, it's pretty evident how you feel. Thanks for being honest and not going the PC route.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 25, 2007

    SS, but how do you really feel?

  • ss1488 May 24, 2007


    Give us a break. The black crime rate is through the roof. Drugs, assault, robbery, carjackings, vandalism, rape, murder - all out of control. Check out the statistics at the Department of Justice website - it's outrageous, and people are fed up with it.

    Blacks have had so many opportunities for so long - welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC programs, affirmative action, quota systems, minority scholarships, after-school programs, outreach programs, Head Start programs, Big Brother programs, free tutoring programs - you name it. And for what? They still have the highest rates of drug use, gang affiliation, fatherless households, unwed pregnancies and violent, criminal behavior.

    I for one am SICK of it being blamed on society, on "falling in with the wrong crowd", on this, that and the other thing. People are being robbed, raped and murdered on a daily basis. More people should arm themselves, and fix the problem themselves, like this homeowner did.

  • The Professor May 24, 2007

    I think we know the story. Thug life has its risks. I am not glad this boy is dead, but better him than the innocents. Instead of getting mad at the posters, consider your own life, do you hang with people such as this?