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Chatham Shooting a Clear Cut Case of Self Defense

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Scene of the shooting
PITTSBORO — Sherry Rives was just finishing up her shower when police say a would-berapist broke through a window and into her trailer.

Investigators say Rives came out, put on her robe, and went down thehall. That's when she was confronted in the kitchen by Vincent Rieves.The two aren't related.

Rives ran through the halls of her home, grabbed her gun, then got intoa scuffle with her attacker.

During the scuffle she pulled the trigger and shot herself in the leg,then she shot several times at him and didn't know how many times shehit him.

It turns out, Rives hit Rieves four times in the chest. VincentRieves, a neighbor with a long criminal history, died in her kitchen.

Officers were dispatched. When they walked in, they found him lyingin the kitchen against the bar with a five-inch blade knife in his hand.

They're all glad that it turned out in her favor.

It didn't take long for word of the shooting to make its way throughtown. Neighbors say under the circumstances, there's no way chargescould be filed against Rives.

The Sheriff says he'll present the case to the district attorney. Inhis words, "it's a clear-cut case of self-defense, and it's not likelySherry Rives will be charged."

Meanwhile, Rives is still in the hospital recovering from her own wounds.

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