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Woman shoots at intruders in Elm City home

Posted March 22, 2013

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— An Elm City woman shot at two men who broke into her home on Tonya Road Friday morning, her husband told WRAL News.

Chris Griffin said his wife, who had stayed home sick from work, heard a noise around 11 a.m. and then saw two men outside her house. When she heard them start kicking in the back door, she hid in the bedroom closet with a cellphone and a pistol.

The men ransacked the house, and when they opened the closet door, she fired at them, Griffin said. One man was struck, authorities said. 

The men fled, and neighbor Wayne Crumpler said he heard them yelling for help.

"I heard somebody out at the road. He was hollering, 'Help me,' waving his arms, jumping up and down trying to stop traffic," Crumpler said. "There was another guy in the background. I heard him hollering, 'Help me. I've been shot in the chest. I'm dying.'" 

The wounded man then started toward Crumpler's house.

"He started in this direction. I stepped inside and got my revolver," he said. "I told him to hold it."

The man then ran into the woods, Crumpler said.

Two suspects were taken into custody after the Wilson County Sheriff's Office searched the area. 

Two wounded, arrested after attempted break-in Two wounded, arrested after attempted break-in

Michael Daquarius Bynum, 16, of 1618 Branch St. in Rocky Mount, was charged with breaking and entering and possession of marijuana and placed in the Wilson County jail under a $25,000 bond.

Christopher Devonte Joseph, of 522 Western Ave. in Rocky Mount, will face the same charges once he is released from a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Friday afternoon.

Authorities found electronics and other household items in the suspects' car. They are coordinating with local law enforcement agencies to see if the men might be involved in other break-ins in the area. 

The homeowner will not face any charges. Griffin said his wife was very shaken by the ordeal.

Crumpler said he was glad she was able to defend herself.

"She was lucky she knew how to use a handgun and lucky she had it. Because If she hadn't, we might be going to a funeral," he said. "I'm proud of her."

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  • peterpepper Mar 25, 1:22 p.m.

    sounds like they picked the wrong neighborhood for a robbery, go residents in that area !

  • junkmail5 Mar 25, 12:55 p.m.

    Ironic since by far the greatest threat to them is themselves and their guns.

    Grand Union

    well, of course they're not. Accidentally killing yourself with your own firearm is EXTREMELY rare in the US. Like less likely than being struck by lightning rare.

  • Grand Union Mar 25, 11:52 a.m.

    "Id rather read this headline than Intruders Kill Elm City Woman headline."

    as if that was the only other possible or indeed even likely alternative,

  • Grand Union Mar 25, 10:17 a.m.

    " Either way, my "paranoid" and "misinformed" family are prepared to protect ourselves."

    Ironic since by far the greatest threat to them is themselves and their guns.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 25, 9:06 a.m.

    Id rather read this headline than Intruders Kill Elm City Woman headline.

    But lets take guns so we will be safer!

  • WooHoo2You Mar 22, 7:58 p.m.

    "You were just talking about pulling a gun "in defense" however not calling the police afterward to report the altercation thus causing all the 'stats' to be completely skewed. I cannot think of a real world non-criminal situation where that would occur." - WooHoo

    I know of at least 2 such incidents that happened with friends of mine. Just because YOU 'can't think of it' doesn't mean it doesn't happen. You don't know because of the circles you hang out in... uninformed.-ripcord

    But you fail to go into ANY details ...surprise!!!!

  • WooHoo2You Mar 22, 7:56 p.m.

    "I would not pull a gun on another person unless it was to protect myself"-WooHoo2You

    What other reason would you pull your gun on a person?- okayiquit

    Listening to junkmail there are countless reasons and no need to bother the police afterwards....

  • WooHoo2You Mar 22, 7:55 p.m.

    In sake of all the anti-gun folks, in order to secure their protection, the State of NC should immediately implement a General Statue requiring them to post a sign in their yard stating "This Homeowner Prohibits ALL Weapons on This Property". Enforced by a Class I Misdemeanor charge.-rmsmith

    I love when people use bumper sticker slogans and think they just made a point. Hey, why don't you put a sign that says "lots of guns inside and I'm at work right now." And see how many thieves stay away. Oh, that didn't prove a point either ;)

  • Ripcord Mar 22, 7:53 p.m.

    "You were just talking about pulling a gun "in defense" however not calling the police afterward to report the altercation thus causing all the 'stats' to be completely skewed. I cannot think of a real world non-criminal situation where that would occur." - WooHoo

    I know of at least 2 such incidents that happened with friends of mine. Just because YOU 'can't think of it' doesn't mean it doesn't happen. You don't know because of the circles you hang out in... uninformed.

  • changedmyname Mar 22, 7:52 p.m.

    "I would not pull a gun on another person unless it was to protect myself"-WooHoo2You

    What other reason would you pull your gun on a person?

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