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Woman Shot to Death After Calling 911 to Report Break-In

Posted November 26, 2007
Updated November 28, 2007

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— Investigators are looking for those responsible for a home break-in and fatal shooting in the Cedar Grove area of Orange County.

The men broke into a home at 7121 Compton Road at about 10:30 a.m. Monday and shot Eva Marie Johnson Jacobs, 49, Orange County Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass said.

"The investigation is moving," Pendergrass said. "We're tying to get pieces to fit together."

Dispatchers received a call from Jacobs at 9:52 a.m. about a break-in in progress.

“She just said she was being robbed,” Pendergrass said.

A deputy responded to the scene shortly thereafter, where he found her.

Jacobs was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was pronounced dead.

Jacobs' husband, Donald Jacobs, said his wife died on the front porch of the trailer they were living in while they built their home.

Earlier Monday, authorities said they were looking for three men who were last seen in a white full-size extended cab truck, possibly a Ford. A description of them, however, was not available.

Forensic investigators spent most of the day collecting evidence at the scene, including possible tire prints. They also found the couple's Labrador retriever shot to death on the property.

Jacobs said the men were asking for his son, who was questioned by investigators Monday afternoon. He, however, was not considered a suspect in the case.

If you have any information about the crime, you are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at (919) 644-3050 or CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515.

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