Warrants: Son's threats led to Sunday shooting
Posted July 1, 2010
Raleigh, N.C. — Search warrants released Thursday confirm that a weekend shooting in Wake County involved a father and son.
According to the warrants, Benjamin Lloyd Hamilton, 29, backed his parents into a corner at their home, at 5625 Windlake Court, before his father, Linwood Hamilton, shot him.
Linwood Hamilton told investigators that his son had a history of violence and that he had threatened his parents before.
“He didn’t have anywhere to go. This was my last resort,” Linwood Hamilton told officers, who determined that Benjamin Hamilton broke into the home and damaged property before his death.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home Sunday after a law enforcement officer reported getting a call from someone "just screaming and crying like crazy."
"I don't know what's going on in the residence," the officer told emergency dispatchers, 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.
Arrest records indicate that Benjamin Hamilton was arrested May 29 on two counts of felony breaking and entering at the home.
He was also charged on that date with larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, communicating threats and first-degree trespassing.