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Sheriff: Smithfield homeowner shot burglar

Posted November 30, 2017 5:15 a.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2017 10:47 a.m. EST

A homeowner shot a person late Wednesday night who was trying to break into a house in Smithfield.

— A Smithfield homeowner shot a man late Wednesday who had broken into his house, authorities said.

The homeowner told Johnston County deputies that he returned to 261 Ogburn Road at about 10:30 p.m. to find two people inside, and they opened fire on him. The man said he returned fire as the burglars fled.

Deputies found Jauquan Fontel Sanders, 21, of 504 Winston Circle in Selma, a short time later with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment.

Authorities are still searching for the second burglar.