I grew up in Winterville, NC, in what was a bedroom community of larger Greenville. I was a bit stunned when I discovered that this Friday night home invasion and self-defense shooting was in a neighborhood just blocks from my former home, in an area I knew well:
One person is dead after a home invasion and shooting at a residence in Winterville late Friday night.
The Winterville Police Department responded to a home invasion on Ashley Meadows Drive at approximately 10:40 p.m. Friday night. Upon arrival, officers found one man shot inside the residence.
Police reports say there were visible signs of forced entry into the residence, and the suspect was armed with a handgun when he entered the residence.
One of the occupants of the home shot the suspect several times. After speaking to the residents, police found that the suspect was the estranged husband.
Police say the suspect died at Vidant Medical Center.
As far as self-defense shootings go, this appears to be a relatively open-and-shut domestic incident. The estranged husband quite obviously had ill intent as he forced his way into the home while armed. He was apparently determined to attack his former flame and her (according to a nearby resident) new boyfriend, who was ready and capable of providing for their defense.
So far, there hasn’t been any information released identifying those involved in the incident.