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Homeowner shoots burglary suspect; two arrested

Posted September 1, 2009 9:32 a.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2009 9:56 a.m. EDT

— Hillsborough police arrested two men, including one who was shot, after a home burglary Friday night.

The homeowner told police that he heard someone forcing open the door to his Faucette Mill Road home around 11:30 p.m. The man grabbed a pistol and found three people in his living room, police said. He fired, striking one, and then saw four men running away.

Shortly after the homeowner reported the burglary, police found Christopher Jerome Williams, 19, and Audricus Southerland, 18, in a relative's house less than a mile from the crime scene.

Williams, of 626 Wildaro Court, had a gunshot wound to his chest. He underwent surgery at UNC Hospitals and was expected to survive, police said.

Williams and Southerland, of 316 Lakeshore Drive, were charged with first-degree burglary. Southerland was being held in the Orange County Jail under a $100,000 bond Monday, while Williams was still at the hospital.

Police said they expect to make more arrests and file more charges in the case.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

According to state Department of Correction records, Williams was released on July 11 after serving a year for a probation violation. The probation stemmed from a conviction for felony accessory after the fact of discharging a firearm into property.