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Homeowner shoots masked intruder

Posted September 7, 2008

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— A Fayetteville man says he fired shots at two would-be robbers, fatally shooting one, Friday night.

Richard J. Opdenhoff said he and his wife were sitting with their dogs in their living room watching TV shortly before 11 p.m. when two masked men invaded his home and attempted to rob them at gunpoint.

Opdendhoff, who had access to his gun, said he fired three to five shots at the men, hitting one of them. The other assailant got away.

Fayetteville police identified the alleged assailant as Alton Jeffery McCrimmon, 23. He died in a neighbor's yard, investigators said.

Authorities would not confirm that Opdenhoff fired the gun that killed McCrimmon but said no charges have been filed against the resident who shot him.

Opdenhoff said he has been on edge since the April shooting death of his stepdaughter, Jessica Cahoon, who was shot in the head by assailants who ambushed her and her boyfriend who were returning from a birthday party.

He said he bought the gun out of fear the assailants would harm her boyfriend or other family members.

Authorities later arrested the men responsible for Cahoon's death, but Opdenhoff said he and his wife are still fearful.

He said he is confident that police will find and arrest the other assailant involved in Friday's home invasion.

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  • lorivalentine1 Sep 8, 2008

    Good for him.. We need more people like him that do some serious damage. Only then will all the thugs figure out who not to mess with..

  • jmflu Sep 8, 2008

    Me too, timbo. My first instinct is, "Right on!!" but then I think... how did he get HIS gun so fast when they were standing there pointing theirs at him already??

    The things that make you go, "Hmmmm..."

  • remember 9-11 Sep 8, 2008

    Dirty Harry would be proud!!! These intruders have know value of life. I'm glad you had a way to protect your family.

  • Ladybug1 Sep 8, 2008

    Could there be a connection between the two shootings? Seems suspicious?

  • Harrison Bergeron Sep 8, 2008

    There is very little information on the alleged perpetrators in both this crime and the related killing of Jessica Cahoon. Not one mug shot in the entire set of stories on WRAL? Did none of the perps have an existing record?

  • TheAdmiral Sep 8, 2008

    All I have to say is:

  • mramorak Sep 8, 2008

    Paulrevere said what i said but our moderators felt my great shot comment was BAAAAAAAAAAD!

  • beachboater Sep 8, 2008

    This is the best deterrent to home invasion. Armed invadees. You just don't mess with a man's castle.

  • NCSU2004 Sep 8, 2008

    Yep, good for him!

  • JohnB2012 Sep 8, 2008

    Good Job!

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