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Robber killed during Harnett home invasion

Posted July 19, 2013

— A man attempting to break into a home near Bunnlevel early Friday was shot and killed by the homeowner, officials with the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said.

Maj. Gary McNeill said deputies responded to 2877 Wire Road about 3:40 a.m., but authorities haven't released other details of the investigation.

Ronald McDougald said his 22-year-old son and his nephew live in the house and were home early Friday with the nephew's girlfriend and her 2-year-old child.

Two men armed with a gun kicked in the carport door and entered, McDougald said, and his his son fired at the intruders. One of the men was shot and killed, and the other fled the area.

Investigators haven't confirmed McDougald's account of what happened, but they said several shots were fired in the house.

McDougald said his son and nephew didn't recognize the men who broke in and doesn't know why the house was targeted.

The identity of the dead man, who was wearing a mask, hasn't been released, and no arrests have been made.


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  • Jameson Jul 22, 2013

    The person killed is identified as Laron Andrew Worley, 25, of Jersey Lane in Spring Lake, per Capt. Wayne Coats of Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

  • Weetie Jul 22, 2013

    Got just what he deserved...maybe the next one will think twice!

  • billysbrattygirl Jul 22, 2013

    glad the people in the home are ok, my husband worked 3rd shift and I was at home w/ my 3 small kids and I heard my dog raising holly **** so I looked out my side door and saw a man walking to my door w/ my dog on his heels snapping @ him,(this is @ 2am) I felt fear and panic all over my body and here I am by myself w my kids and this guy isn't stopping when he has a dog snapping @ him.. needless to say I now own a gun. its not my intent to shoot anyone but u better believe it will be them instead of me or my family

  • miseem Jul 19, 2013

    There was a baby in the house. That is enough to warrant that the crooks could have injured the baby.

    A baby has nothing to do with it. Your 20 year old son is home from college for the summer. He doesn't warrant protection? Your 80 year old mother in law lives with you. She doesn't warrant protection? Protecting yourself from harm in your home, car, or even walking down the street is almost always upheld. What has been the problem is that sometimes, just walking away also solves the problem or letting someone know you have a gun can lead to a hasty escape. Having a gun should not be an excuse to use it. However, busting a door down in the middle of the night calls for elimination of the problem.

  • JPE Jul 19, 2013

    A job well done to McDougald's son.

  • shatzkiko Jul 19, 2013

    Let this be a lesson to those that want to take what others have worked for.

  • beachboater Jul 19, 2013

    Enough outcomes like this and maybe home invasions will cease.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 19, 2013

    None of us ever know until we are faced with such situation - but, prior to a "castle doctrine" law, if I had been at home, someone broke into my home - I was able to get to a gun... I'd have shot the person! No question! My first thought would have been to protect myself/my family and deal with the law later.

    However, several years ago I met a lady through mutual friends who was divorced with two young (12 & 8) daughters who lived with her. There had been 2 or 3 rapes in her neighborhood - for all a man appeared at the foot of the woman's bed in the middle of the night and raped her. Afraid, she asked what she could do. My advice was standard... have good locks and actually lock them on all doors, windows. Trim back shrubbery near windows, doors, etc., etc. She indicated she's still be fearful. I suggested a handgun, learn how to use it, safely store it, etc. Her response? "Even if I had a gun in my hands & the guy was at my bed... I could NOT pull the trigger!" Not defend oneself???

  • Ex-Republican Jul 19, 2013

    That's the way to Stand Your Ground! Good outcome.

  • Spirit Warrior Woman - Rev RP Jul 19, 2013

    The Uopdate to the Castle Doc. Switched the burden of proof from the person to prove they were under threat of death in order to defend themselves to once the threshold of the door was crossed it was automatically assumed the person entering meant great harm whether armed or not. This includes your vehicle..sidwalk..pretty much anywhere. Scary part is our law is almost exactly like Floridas

    Scary? If you aren't trying to victimize someone, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. I think it's great to be able to defend yourself from the thu gs that are all too common in our society.