ST. PAULS — A suspected burglar was shot multiple times when the man “lunged” at the homeowner who found him hiding on her property, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies and Major Crimes investigators responded about 6:40 p.m. Friday to a call about a person shot at a residence on the 5000 block of East Great Marsh Church Road in St. Pauls, Sheriff’s Office Maj. Anthony Thompson said. They found James Dority, 39, of Broadwell Road in St. Pauls, had been shot several times by the homeowner. Dority was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
The 68-year-old homeowner told investigators that when she arrived home she heard a noise coming from inside of her storage building, Thompson said. She walked out to the building, opened the door and found Dority inside standing in a corner.
The homeowner told investigators that “he was lunging toward her” in an aggressive manner, which prompted her to open fire, shooting Dority five times, Thompson said. The name of the homeowner is not being released at this time.
Thompson did not say if charges had been filed against Dority or the homeowner.
“It is in the early stages of the investigation,” Thompson said.
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