self defense

Intruders run away after NC woman shoots one, then neighbor pulls gun on them

by Jennifer Cruz,  |  published on March 25, 2013

On Friday morning, March 22, a woman in North Carolina heard a noise outside her home. WRAL states that when she looked outside she discovered two boys trying to break into her home on Tonya Road in Elm City, about 50 miles east of Raleigh. When she heard them start kicking the back door, she immediately armed herself with a pistol, grabbed a cell phone and hid in a bedroom closet.

After kicking in the back door, the two teenage boys ransacked the home, looking for valuables to steal, but when they opened the closet door, the woman shot at them, striking one in the chest. They quickly fled the home.

The two boys, later identified as 16-year-old Michael Daquarius Bynum and 18-year-old Christopher Devonte Joseph, both of Rocky Mount, were then seen by a neighbor, standing in the street, waving their arms and calling for help. When the boys spotted the neighbor, they started towards him. Unaware of what was happening or any danger that might be lurking, the neighbor armed himself with a revolver and told them to “hold it”.

At this point the boys probably decided that they may have made a mistake attempting to gain an easy score in that particular neighborhood, and ran off into a wooded area nearby.

Joseph was then found by police and taken to a local hospital, where he is in stable condition, and will face charges upon his release. Bynum is now spending some time in the Wilson County jail, where he will hopefully have the opportunity to reconsider his career as a burglar.

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