Homeowner shoots armed intruder in the neck during attempted break-in

An armed intruder got way more than he bargained for after breaking into a home in North Carolina where he was met by the homeowner who was also packing and not afraid to use his weapon, leaving the criminal in critical condition in the aftermath of the encounter.

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The Mount Airy Police Department reported that they responded to a call at a residence concerning a shooting that took place around 4:19 pm on Tuesday, according to WFMY.

When officers showed up at the home in the 300 block of Andrews Street, they found the suspected burglar, Daniel Scott Laskey Brown, 26, with a gunshot wound to his neck, bleeding, and lying in the front yard of the homeowner, Joshua Wade Murphy, 41, who was holding a shotgun when they arrived.

Police assert that Brown broke into the home through the front door for unspecified reasons. He was armed with a gun, which didn’t help him much in this case. The Daily Mail reported that the gun was a handgun.

The minute that Brown entered the residence, he was shot in the neck by Murphy who just happened to be home at the time. All it took was one well-placed shot to stop the guy in his tracks.

“Officers responded to the residence and located the homeowner, Joshua Wade Murphy… standing in the front yard of his residence armed with a shotgun,” a police statement noted. “There was a white male lying in the front yard who had sustained a single gunshot wound to the neck.”

He was rushed to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in critical condition where he was treated for his injuries. He was there until at least Wednesday according to the police.

North Carolina has a “Castle Doctrine” that says property owners have the right to use deadly force against an intruder with no legal obligation to back down. The right extends to a person’s home, vehicle, and workplace.

“Further, North Carolina is one of the few states to adopt the Castle Doctrine, which is a version of a stand-your-ground law,” according to Raleigh’s Scharff Law Firm. “This restricts the terms in which a person can use deadly force to protect himself or herself. Under the Castle Doctrine, a home is a ‘castle,’ so that means a person has the right to use deadly force to protect that castle from siege. If an intruder invades a person’s space, the property owner can legally use deadly force against him or her, with no legal obligation to back down. This right extends not only to a person’s home but also his or her vehicle and workplace under North Carolina law.”

No charges have been filed against Murphy to date. The Surry County District Attorney’s Office inexplicably decided that there would also be no criminal charges issued against the alleged burglar as well so there may be more to this story than meets the eye.

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