On October 22, 2016, at approximately 4:15a.m., Deputies from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 202 Little River Drive in reference to a home invasion and a shooting. Upon their arrival they found the suspect of the home invasion lying near a door. He had been shot once in what appeared could be a life threatening wound. EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported the suspect to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where he was later airlifted to Vidant in Greenville, NC.
The investigation showed that the homeowner and his family were asleep in bed when their alarm was activated. The homeowner went to check on the alarm. When he did not see anything wrong he returned to bedroom when the alarm was activated again. When the homeowner went to check again he was surprised by the suspect who held a gun on the homeowner. The homeowner, defending himself, got into a struggle with the suspect. During the struggle a firearm went off shooting the suspect. The homeowner then contacted law enforcement. No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.
The suspect did not have any identification on him. He is describes as a white male, dark hair, facial hair, age is in the 30s. He was wearing a mask on his face and was dressed in all black. If anyone has information that may lead to the identification of the suspect they are asked to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 919-731-1481. Warrants for First Degree Burglary are being secured on the suspect.
Update: The unidentified home invasion suspect has died.