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Sanford woman shoots, kills home intruder

Posted July 13

— The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a Sanford woman shot and killed an intruder Thursday morning.

Deputies said a woman at 320 S. Plank Road grabbed her pistol after hearing somebody jiggling her door knob just before 11 a.m.

When the woman answered the door, Bryant Latrelle Martin, 29, of 281 S. Plank Road, attempted to force his way into the house and got into a struggle with the homeowner, authorities said.

The woman told deputies that she fired several shots at Martin, who ran from the front porch.

Authorities said Martin sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The homeowner’s son dialed 911 to report the incident, authorities said.

If no charges are filed, it's likely her use of deadly force is protected by North Carolina's "Stand Your Ground Law," which was expanded in 2011. The law now includes businesses, homes and vehicles.

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  • Jason Fountain Jul 14, 10:11 p.m.
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    I'm sorry what is it you were all saying?

  • Cinda Ammons Jul 14, 2:52 p.m.
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    Why is Lee County wasting tax payer's $$$'s??!!???!!! This case is cut & dried....Bad day for that dude!! STAND YOUR GROUND PEOPLE...SOMEONE CAME INTO MY YARD WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017 AND SHOT OUR BELOVED PET, "DUTCH" IN COLD BLOOD....YOU BEST BELIEVE HAD I BEEN OUTSIDE AND SEEN HIM...THERE'S A POINT AND LINE IN THE SAND THAT TOO MANY I$%&@S ARE CROSSING THESE DAYS, AND YOU CAN BEST BELIEVE IT'S TIME FOR US "COMMON FOLK" TO START STANDING THAT GROUND MORE FREQUENTLY!!! God Bless, Ma'am for defending yourself and yours!!!! God Love WRAL's editing!!!

  • NC Tom Jul 14, 10:01 a.m.
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    Wrong house Latrell

    DNS

  • Teddy Fowler Jul 14, 8:42 a.m.
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    "If no charges are filed"??? She did the absolute right thing.... no charges are going to be filed...

  • Sean Creasy Jul 14, 7:57 a.m.
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    Good for her!! Put more of these pieces of trash in the ground and save the taxpayers' money that would otherwise go to supporting these useless individuals while they sit in prison...

  • Wayne Hill Jul 14, 6:53 a.m.
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    Pro Tip to criminals. When you are going to break into someone's home to harm them, pick some one with a blue state world view. These rural red state people are self reliant and can take care of themselves, which is not good for you.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jul 14, 6:28 a.m.
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    Ditto

  • Ed Brown Jul 14, 6:16 a.m.
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    Once again, WRAL gets it wrong! Stand your ground has nothing to do with this; it is the castle doctrine, which has been around forever, that applies here. We have always had the right to use deadly force to defend our homes from invaders.

  • David Lewis Jul 14, 6:09 a.m.
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    Nice to read some good news in the morning.

  • Ray Rivera Jul 13, 10:19 p.m.
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    Good shoot.

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