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Victim fights back in Harnett home invasion

Posted December 18, 2008
Updated December 19, 2008

— Harnett County authorities are investigating a shooting that happened late Thursday night during a home invasion in Lillington.

Sheriff Larry Rollins said Derrick Womack, 31, was at home with his wife and stepson around 10 p.m. when four men entered his home at 232 Tacia Drive and tried to rob them.

Womack said he heard banging on the door and that when he opened it, he saw a man pointing a handgun at him.

Womack said he wrestled the gun away from the man and that in the process the gun went off.

He noticed another man on his porch and two others in his yard and with the gun, started shooting. He also said he believed another assailant had a shotgun and might have shot a third assailant.

Rollins would not say how many guns were involved or how many shots were fired. He said Womack did not have a gun.

Womack, who was shot in the hand, was taken to a hospital, treated and later released.

Two of the assailants were also shot – one was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville and the other to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill – and two other men fled the scene.

Rollins said authorities are still looking for the other two men. Saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation, he declined to release any information about the case.

Womack, the owner of a convenience store about three miles from his home, had just returned home after closing the store, and Rollins said it appeared the would-be robbers targeted him. He will not face any charges.

"You hear about them a lot, where business owners are targeted," Rollins said. "That appears, maybe, what is going on here – not that we know that, but it appears because he had just left his business and got to his home."


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  • nottakinganycrap Dec 22, 2008

    you DO realize that the "victim" in this crime, the homeowner Derrick Womack, is DRUG DEALER?! he sells drugs out of his home with his wife and child there. does he really expect negative things won't happen to him and/or his home and family while he's SELLING DRUGS out of his home???

  • cpd505 Dec 19, 2008

    If this would happen more often there would be fewer break-ins. HOORAH HOMEOWNER

  • itsnews2me Dec 19, 2008

    "A short barrel 12 guage pump with 00Buck works well also for home defence."

    Yes it does, because when an intruder hears you rack that shotgun he doesn't even have to speak English to know what's coming next!

  • TontoKozlowski Dec 19, 2008

    I signed the Castle Doctrine petition! Thanks to whomever it was that posted the link earlier..Here it again - time to act!


  • domotamasi Dec 19, 2008

    NCCarguy... ".......I would suggest a Smith and Wesson 686 with a 4" barrel!!! sweet handgun!"

    A short barrel 12 guage pump with 00Buck works well also for home defence. But I agree with your choice if you are limited to affording only one gun.

  • bettyboopr2 Dec 19, 2008

    Thank you 2nd Admendment. You come into my home and pose a threat or bodily harm you will see the recieving end of my Smith and Wesson 38 or whichever we can get to first. I will protect what is mine and my family. No problem no regrets.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 19, 2008

    angora2, are you for real?

  • angora2 Dec 19, 2008

    The two wounded robber wannabe guys will sing like canaries. Their comrades will be arrested promptly .. the wounded guys won't want to be in jail all alone.

  • angora2 Dec 19, 2008

    "You have to get in to hand to hand combat and disarm the guy, then you can have a gun."

    Excuse me, Mister Robber, can I be excused to my bedroom so I can get something out of my bedside drawer? Just hold that pose and don't hurt my wife or son ... I'll be right back.

  • angora2 Dec 19, 2008

    "WITH the second amendment, he wouldn't need to wrestle the gun away from the perp. He could take it from his cold, dead hands."

    Assuming Womack watches t.v. or eats dinner with his piece in his pants pocket.