Fayetteville man shoots suspect breaking into his home

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Break-in suspect shot in Fayetteville
It happend at a house on Bianca Place

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Fayetteville police said a man shot a suspect trying to break into his house early Saturday morning.

According to authorities, the shooting happened in the 6800 block of Bianca Place. The resident, 25-year-old Chris Hartley, shot a suspect who was breaking into the residence.

Police said the unidentified suspect was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, but a woman claiming to be the suspect's mother called ABC11 saying he was almost dead. She said Hartley shot her son's hand completely off and then at close range in the back.

The 19-year old suspect's mother said she is concerned about North Carolina's "Castle Law" which gives special protections to people defending themselves. "I know what my son did was wrong," she told ABC11, "but he was barely alive when he got to the hospital. His hand had to be amputated and he was shot in the back."

FPD detectives are actively investigating the burglary and shooting and are requesting anyone with information about this case to contact them. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary and shooting investigation is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).