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Wounded Granville homeowner kills intruder

Posted June 1, 2010 3:28 p.m. EDT

— A Granville County homeowner exchanged gunfire with a suspected burglar early Tuesday, killing the intruder, authorities said.

Sheriff Brindle Wilkins said Clay Ellington was trying to break into a home on Dove Road, near Creedmoor, and fired shots at the homeowner, Richard Chapel. Chapel returned fire, killing Ellington, the sheriff said.

Chapel was wounded in the exchange and was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

The case remains under investigation.