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Wake Forest man claims self-defense in shooting death

Posted July 13, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014

— When Calvin Anderson Ray looked through his peephole and saw Jeffrey Daylon Mitchell on the other end, Ray said he knew it was trouble.

“So I went back and got my gun,” he said. “And came back up here. Next thing I knew he backed back and kicked the door open, broke all that, and said ‘I’ma get you.’ So I let him have it and I shot him.”

Ray, 89, said he shot and killed Mitchell, 47, Saturday evening in self-defense.

Investigators found Mitchell dead on the front porch of Ray’s Jordan Lane home.

Sitting on the front porch Sunday while friends and family repaired the broken door, Ray, a World War II veteran, said he was taken into custody but later released because he was defending himself.

Capt. James Stevens with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office would only say Sunday that there was no additional information and the investigation is ongoing.

Mitchell, who lived in a nearby property owned by Ray, was upset about a broken air conditioning unit, Ray said.

“He'd threatened to kill me two or three other times over the last 12 months,” he said. “So I wasn't taking any chances of him killing me after busting my door open and coming in on me.”

The two men had a history of arguing, said Ellen Newton, Ray’s employee and Mitchell’s ex-girlfriend.

“Calvin's had problems with him off and on, coming up here hollering and screaming at him about stuff,” she said.

Mitchell contacted Ray on Friday to complain about the air conditioning unit, Newton said. A repair man serviced the unit on Saturday, but Mitchell said it was still broken, Newton said. The repair man returned to Mitchell’s home but left after he and Mitchell got into an argument, Newton said.

Mitchell then went to Ray’s home, Newton said.

Scott Mitchell, Jeffrey Mitchell’s brother, said Sunday that Ray should be charged with a crime and that his brother should not have been killed for kicking in a door.

“He knew my brother would never lay a hand on him,” said Scott Mitchell, who added that his brother and Ray used to be friends. “My brother was a hot-headed person. All my brother wanted was to get that air conditioner fixed so he and his son didn't have to sleep in a hot house. My brother would never lay a hand on him ever. If there is one thing my brother loved more than anything it was his son. He'd never do anything to leave that boy in this world with just his mama.”


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 15, 2014

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    But, the commenter who I was responding to, said that he would shoot anyone who kicked in his door, so I gave examples where that thinking could be wrong. Really wrong.

    Then, I added that we should avoid binary "thinking"...because there's not much in this world that's purely on or off, black or white...there are almost always shades of gray.

  • notexactly Jul 14, 2014

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    um he looked through the door peep and saw it was the man that has threatened him. Not the same as a fireman there. not even close.

  • BEACH Jul 14, 2014

    If the man kicked someone's door in YOU SHOULD BE SHOOT, naturally guy's bother is going to say he would not hurt anyone.

  • Steve Faulkner Jul 14, 2014
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    (b) A person who uses force as permitted by this section is justified in using such force and is immune from civil or criminal liability for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer or bail bondsman who was lawfully acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer or bail bondsman identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer or bail bondsman in the lawful performance of his or her official duties. (2011-268, s. 1.)


  • Winchester-.308 Jul 14, 2014

    Just the type of story the Liberal media cringes when they see. A man, in the right, defending himself, using deadly force, with a "gun"

    I see a lot of the usual "gun control" posters decided to leave this one alone. Funny how that works. This is just one of many reasons the NRA is a great American Institution.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jul 14, 2014

    If you kick in my door I will call the Police!! 15 minutes later you will be in BIG TIME trouble, mister!!

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 14, 2014

    "Kicking in a door is absolutely wrong. So is being a deadbeat landlord" - tgiv

    Both are wrong, but only one (with the presumption of what follows) allows you to use deadly force.

  • A person Jul 14, 2014

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    Since it was earlier in the day, it would have absolutely no impact what-so-ever

  • A person Jul 14, 2014

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    Very much cleared

  • jwbmom1965 Jul 14, 2014

    Good for him. If more homeowners did this, people would think twice before they broke into someones house.