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Wilson homeowner kills suspected intruder; no charges filed

Posted May 23
Updated May 24

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— A man died Monday morning after he was shot while reportedly trying to break in to a Wilson home, police said.

Officers responding to a burglary in progress call in the 1900 block of Winoca Road at about 1:15 a.m. found a wounded man outside a home, police said.

Paul Morgan, 71, who owns the home, told police that he heard someone trying to kick in the door to his house, and he warned the intruder to stop before firing two shots through the door.

"I didn't have no choice but to stop him...I didn't want him to come in and hurt me," Morgan said. "I couldn't take that chance."

The deceased person was identified Tuesday as Haciel Plancarte Vasquez, 36, of 1006 Randolph Street.

Police said Morgan will not face charges in connection with the incident.


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  • Johnny Roberts May 30, 4:32 p.m.
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    Do the crime. Pay the price...
    Should of thought about the outcome first. I know it's someone's kid but props to the homeowner.

  • Lance Cotten May 23, 4:54 p.m.
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    so glad you were prepared to defend your self and home from this criminal.... the police just can't arrive in time to help most of the time... good for you!

  • James Barefoot May 23, 4:14 p.m.
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    Good job,,, Need some ammo?

  • Robert Fotch Jr May 23, 2:02 p.m.
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    Great job homeowner!