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No charges filed against Durham homeowner who shot intruders

Posted December 28, 2010 3:38 p.m. EST

— Durham County authorities said Tuesday that they don't plan to charge a homeowner who shot three people trying to break into his house three weeks ago.

Charles Dellerman was awakened on Dec. 10 by the sound of breaking glass in his house at 1017 Hamilton Way.

Dellerman picked up a pistol and went downstairs where he was confronted by three masked men. Police said he fired several shots at the intruders, hitting all three as they ran from the house.

Omari Mitchell, 20, and Timothy Nelson, 17, were hospitalized after being apprehended by deputies. Gary Brady, Jr., 19, suffered a slight wound to his arm but was treated and released.

All three, along with Devine Thorpe, 20, were charged in the incident.

Maj. Paul Martin of the Durham County Sheriff's Office said the incident was a clear case of self-defense, so Dellerman wouldn't be charged.