Shooting in Butner, kills one man

December 29, 2009 1:40:24 PM PST
Butner's Public Safety Captain Donna Grissom says four men got into an altercation at the Taste of Fuji restaurant in Creedmoor early Sunday morning.

Police say a fight broke out inside the restaurant between four men, 45-year-old Ronald Anderson Jr., 30-year-old Uriah Metcalf, 40-year-old Warren Owen, and Gwynn A. Bassinger. The four men, all from Granville County, then left the restaurant and went into the parking lot.

Detectives say the fight continued in the parking lot and shots were fired between Anderson Jr. and Metcalf. Anderson, a husband and father of three, was killed.

Anderson's wife, who was also at the bar, says the incident was not a case of self-defense.

"Self-defense is shooting someone once; self-defense is not unloading a gun on someone, no way," Anderson's wife, Su Anderson said. "What it looked like was the shot was fired after my husband was down on the ground."

Officials say Bassinger and Metcalf are both Butner Federal Corrections Officers. The investigation is still ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Any information from the investigation will be presented to the Granville County District Attorney to determine if any charges will be filed.

Captain Grissom would not reveal if a weapon had been recovered, saying the investigation is ongoing. It is not clear yet if Owen or Bassinger were involved in the shooting.

"The investigation is still ongoing," Grissom said. "We're still interviewing witnesses. We're still interviewing the individuals that were involved."

Su Anderson says she is skeptical of the homicide investigation.

"I think that our prison guard is going to get away with murder," Su Anderson said.

Anderson said her husband weighed 280 pounds, but she says the prison guard knew how to take him down and keep him down.

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