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Police: Homeowner justified in shooting intruder

Posted January 22, 2009

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— Police said Thursday that a homeowner who shot and killed an intruder last weekend wouldn't face criminal charges.

Jerry Riley, 54, of 593 Tokay Drive, said a stranger confronted him as he entered his home Saturday night. Riley said he pulled a handgun on the intruder, and the two men then struggled over the gun.

The gun went off, and the intruder took the pistol and ran out of the house, police said.

Officers investigating the burglary found Joshua Caleb Pratt, 27, of 662 Glenola Drive, in the street with a gunshot would to the abdomen. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died.


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  • Broker - Back from Lurking Jan 23, 2009

    Pro-Gun-Control folks:

    It is trite to say, but there is a great amount of truth to it: When guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will use guns. I think these gun control laws are contrived at best.

    Case In Point: Home Invader attacks, violates, tortures and shoots a woman to death. Do you honestly think - for even a split second - that the bandit would have thought twice about using a gun in the incident? What, was his thought process: "Well, I was going to do all these things to her, but alas guns are illegal, so I won't use a firearm. I don't know why I went to the trouble of finding one on the black market in the first place."


  • ccacrabbitdog Jan 23, 2009

    emtpt2k...............yes right on........

  • emtp2k Jan 23, 2009

    The funny thing is, if gun control really prevented crime, then prison would be the safest place on earth. Criminals prey on the weak, they tend to avoid people who appear as though they will put up a fight. The best thing we can do to reduce crime is to reduce the frivolous gun laws. Criminals don't care about laws only law abiding citizens do. The best gun control is being able to hit your target.

  • whiffleball Jan 23, 2009

    Too bad for the burglar. It was his decision to break in.

  • ccacrabbitdog Jan 23, 2009

    was there any doubt it was justified...a no brainer......only those without guns need fear......dummies......

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    Dataclerk: I'm not afraid at all. I don't have a gun. People have guns because they ARE afraid.

    Me neither. The criminal would get me while I am reaching for my gun. Don't need a gun. With the Lord in my life whom shall I feared.

  • ignc73 Jan 23, 2009

    Dataclerk: I'm not afraid at all. I don't have a gun. People have guns because they ARE afraid.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    I am wainting for your true name. :)

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    Your lonely thoughts are so liberal and they do not appeal to many people.

    Most likely they do appeal, because people on board continue to respond to Dr. Dataclerk.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 23, 2009

    "Dr. Dataclerk"....try making some friends.

    OK, What is your real name?