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North Carolina man found dead in burning home had been shot

Posted August 8

— Authorities believe someone fatally shot a 40-year-old North Carolina man, then set his home on fire to cover up the crime.

Firefighters found Harry Bruner Jr. dead inside his burning home near Maiden about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told local news outlets Tuesday the surprising autopsy results showed Bruner died from a single gunshot, not the fire.

According to a search warrant, firefighters found a can of possible accelerant near the kitchen stove.

Reid says officers are investigating whether it was a robbery. He says Bruner "had come into" a large amount of cash that's missing.

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