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Man says he was ambushed, shot in head

By Sarah Willets swillets@civitasmedia.com

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FAIRMONT — A 24-year-old man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head after he says he was ambushed at home by four men, three of whom he has identified for authorities.


Troy Emanuel Bethea told sheriff’s deputies he was at his Turkey Branch Road home early Thursday when four men in a gold Maxima pulled up just before 1 a.m., according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.


The men tried to start a fight with Bethea and Bethea attempted to grab one of them, who had a gun, Thompson said. A fight broke out and as Bethea tried to run towards his home, he heard four gunshots, Thompson said. One of the bullets grazed his skull. He was treated and released from Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Thompson said.


According to Thompson, no one is in custody in connection with the shooting, but Bethea was able to identify and name three of the men.


A police report did not include details on why the fight may have ensued.

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