Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

From the Winston-Salem Journal of June 5, 2006
Man killed after trying to force his way into 2 houses, say police

A man who tried to force his way into two houses on Friedland Church Road was shot dead this morning, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said today.

The sheriff's office is investigating the shooting and did not release the names of anyone involved. Sheriff's officers were trying to obtain search warrants this afternoon.

Sheriff's Capt. Brad Stanley said a man tried to force his way into the front door of 2804 Friedland Church Road, where a woman who may have been his former girlfriend lives. The man shot off the locks of the front door with a shotgun and entered the house, he said.

Stanley said he was not sure whether the woman was alone in the house. A car and two trucks sat in the driveway outside the house yesterday afternoon.

The woman ran to a house next door at 2808 Friedland Church Road, where a married couple lives, Stanley said. The man followed her and shot off the lock of a side door of the neighbor's house. A man inside the second house killed the attacker with a shotgun, Stanley said.

Authorities have yet to say whether the shooting was in self-defense.

"The homeowner was fearful of what was going on and shot and killed him," Stanley said. The man who killed suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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