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Fatal Wake County shooting still under investigation

Posted June 28, 2010

— Investigators on Monday still were not commenting on the weekend shooting of a man killed in his parents' home, but WRAL News has learned that his father shot him.

Wake County sheriff's deputies found Benjamin Lloyd Hamilton, 29, dead Sunday morning at 5625 Windlake Court in the southern part of the county.

Sources, however, would not say what led to the shooting or whether charges would be filed in the case.

Emergency dispatch recordings released late Monday detail a conversation between a dispatcher and a law enforcement officer in which the caller says he received a call on his Nextel phone from the house from someone "just screaming and crying like crazy."

The caller asks for information on who is in the area who can assist with the call.

"I don't know what's going on in the residence," the officer says, adding that "we took a 35 from there the other day."

A "35," according to Wake County sheriff's radio signals, is breaking and entering.

"I don't know what's going on," the caller says. "She's called screaming, and that's all I can make out."

Arrest records indicate Hamilton was arrested May 29 on two counts of felony breaking and entering at the home.

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He was also charged on that date with one count each of larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, communicating threats and first-degree trespassing.

Sources close to the family said Hamilton's parents were afraid of him and that he might have been attempting another break-in at the home when he was shot.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens declined to comment Monday but said Sunday that the shooting wasn't random and that Hamilton had been living sporadically with his parents, Linwood Louis Hamilton Sr. and Rhonda Hamilton.

They were at home at the time and were cooperating with investigators, Stephens said.

Court records also show that Wake County sheriff's deputies arrested Hamilton last July on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.

A woman also filed a domestic violence protective order following that arrest, saying he posed a "serious threat" to her family and threatened to kill her.

She later filed a motion to set aside the order, saying it was an isolated event and "immature behavior" on his part, but a judge denied the request.

Hamilton was a cousin of Major League Baseball outfielder Josh Hamilton, an Athens High School graduate who now plays for the Texas Rangers, sources told WRAL News.


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  • mross46508 Jun 29, 2010

    The Hamilton's are great people yet bad things happen in good families too. God bless the parents and grandparents.

  • kikinc Jun 28, 2010

    str8-line-I'm sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to be in your shoes.

  • down by the pond Jun 28, 2010

    so what was the other choice ?

  • usmalenurse Jun 28, 2010

    "Oh really? He had no other choice? First of all, you don't know the details of what happened. Second of all, obviously if he didn't have guns in the house he would not have shot his son. So yes, there is another choice."

    No, we don't know all the details of what happened but the fact that he had "guns in the house".....give me a break! No, if he had no guns in the house he wouldn't have shot his son....then we might have been reading about the son killing both his parents. We don't know but for a father to resort to shooting his own son leads me to believe the son was way out of control and he was a threat to his parents. Maybe we'll find out when the facts are all out...but guns weren't the issue!

  • giftsjubilee Jun 28, 2010

    The Hamilton's have really gone through a lot. I will be praying for this family

  • str8-line Jun 28, 2010

    I have been in a situation with my son where I thought I would have to defend myself with deadly force. It is the sadest day you will ever face as a father. I can almost assure you that drugs are in the picture somewhere. I pray for the family. My son ended up taking his own life 11/2 years ago. I still mourne daily.

  • freedomrings Jun 28, 2010

    Deepest thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • daisy14 Jun 28, 2010

    I know this family. They're a very nice family. It breaks my heart to think the father would have to kill his son in self-defense. He probably meant to only hurt him & stop him instead. When you're drunk or high and out of control and hurting someone...you have to defend yourself. I pray for the Hamiltons.

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 28, 2010

    Related to MLB player Josh Hamilton, interesting. Prayers and thoughts with the family.

  • ncguy Jun 28, 2010

    I feel for the father. My guess is he had no choice...