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Homeowner shot while fleeing Fayetteville home invasion

Posted September 28, 2010

— A Fayetteville homeowner was shot early Tuesday while running for help after three men broke into his house, police said.

Christopher Mitchell and Latoya Paige were asleep in their home on Shads Ford Boulevard in the Valley Forge Estates neighborhood off Morganton Road at about 1:40 a.m. when the home invasion occurred, said Dan Grubb, spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department.

"They thought they heard a noise, and before they knew it, there were three suspects in the home with weapons," Grubb said.

Mitchell, 32, tried to run next door for help, and one of the intruders fired some shots at him, hitting him once in the hip, Grubb said. He was being treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, but his condition was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

The next-door neighbor, who is a Cumberland County deputy, called 911 after a wounded Mitchell banged on his door asking for help.

"I'm not opening the door for this person. It could be anybody," the deputy told a 911 dispatcher, noting that he didn't know his neighbors well.

Another neighbor, Jeff Tew, said he heard a couple of loud pops early in the morning and recognized it as gunfire.

"I jumped up and I tried to look out the window, but I didn't see anything," Tew said.

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A third neighbor also called 911 and reported that the intruders drove off in a white sedan.

Police canvassed the neighborhood but were unable to locate the intruders. The men had their faces partially covered, so police don't have a good description of them, Grubb said.

Paige was unharmed in the incident.

The intruders took cash from the home, but it wasn't immediately known if anything else was taken, Grubb said.

Investigators haven't said whether the intruders knew the victims.

Tew said Mitchell and Paige have lived in the neighborhood for about three months.

"They've not been a problem. They don't cause any disturbance or anything," he said. "Actually, I don't see much of them at all, to be honest with you."


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  • Sherlock Sep 29, 2010

    This shows the quality of the deputyies working at CCSD, all they can do is get paid overtime and hold part-time jobs. Most of the LEO's that I know would have been out the door in a flash.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 29, 2010

    They don't HAVE to be in your house to shoot. In North Carolina you can use lethal force to stop someone from entering your house if you fear death or great bodily harm. Doesn't matter if they have a weapon or not.

    It's funny that a Cumberland County deputy was afraid to open his own door and offer help. Isn't that his job? I hope he's never on call when someone needs the police because he might not show up. This guy needs to find another line of work!

  • between_the_lines Sep 28, 2010

    crazy! i had a guy break into my home while I was there and it freaked me out. I grabbed my 12 gauge and pulled the action back real loud. the intruder took off. you know that sound i'm talking about..."CLICK CLING". I was lucky to avoid any confrontation

    Feel bad for this person, it's a very scary thing and you feel your personal space has been violated. not to mention they were shot in the process!

  • jjesusfreak01 Sep 28, 2010

    These good citizens didn't have any guns (which is their right), one ran to get help, knocked on a police officers door, and was not given any help.

    Even when the nearest police officer is 20 seconds away, you still can't expect police to help you in a home invasion. Get a gun, make sure everyone in your house knows how to use it well, and be safe.

  • beachboater Sep 28, 2010

    If I'm given the opportunity to defend myself, there will be no revenge taken on my family. Not a threat. Just stating the facts.

  • wildcat Sep 28, 2010

    And don't forget to double tap.

    Such silly chat. I do hope the criminals don't get to you first.

  • OkeySmokeAChokey Sep 28, 2010

    I'd also be afraid of them coming back for revenge, so aim for center mass or the nose.

    And don't forget to double tap.

  • wildcat Sep 28, 2010

    I do hope the criminals realize that they could easily be killed immediately if they enter a home they were not invited too. Parents talk to your kids if you don't want to look down and see them in a casket.

  • wildcat Sep 28, 2010

    Even if you have a weapon laying right beside of you, when the criminal (like in this case) enters your home, they have weapons and ready to use it while you are reaching for yours. This is dangerous and you could be killed right in the safety of your own home. So be careful if you have a weapon of any kind in your home with intent on using it on criminals.

  • wildcat Sep 28, 2010

    If you shoot someone that has broken into your home, make sure they are really inside of your home. If they are not, then the law can be on the criminal's side and not yours.