Homeowner faces murder charges in Wake County driveway shooting

KNIGHTDALE, NC (WNCN) — On Sunday, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged Neal Algernon Curtis Dick with in the slaying of an engaged Knightdale man who died in a Saturday afternoon shooting.

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The charge was made after conferring with District Attorney Lauren Freeman. Neal, age 36, charged with first degree murder and was processed at the Wake County Magistrates Office on Hammond Road  by Wake Investigators. He is being held without bond.

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The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation into what lead up to the death of Derrick Dean Natson, age 47, of Sweetgrass Street in Knightdale.

On Saturday, deputies said a call came in around 3:45 Saturday afternoon in the area of Rutledge Landing Drive in the Rutledge Landing neighborhood, about 2 miles south of Knightdale.

Natson, who was engaged to be married, was shot and died at the scene — a driveway at a home at 1208 Rutledge Landing Drive, authorities say.

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The sheriff says the incident began when three men got out of a dark-colored Ford pickup truck at 1208 Rutledge Landing Drive.

One of the men from the truck was talking to the man who lives in the home.

There was an argument… and one of the men from the pickup truck was shot and ended up dead.

The shooter — who owns the home where the incident happened — called 9-1-1 and stayed at the scene until authorities arrived, Harrison said.

UPDATE: Supporters of slain Wake County man applaud as suspect’s bond is denied

Two other men were seen running from the scene after the shooting. Authorities are looking for those two men for questioning and to see if they have any involvement in the shooting.

“I’m just shocked.  I can’t believe that something like this happened in our neighborhood.  It’s a little bit scary when you think your neighborhood is safe and something like this happens,” said Natasha Welsch, who lives in the neighborhood.

Officials said that the person who was taken into custody — the homeowner — surrendered to authorities at the scene.

April McCotter used to live in the neighborhood and was a “close friend” of the man who died in the shooting, she told WNCN.

(We) “got over here and we saw him just laying on the ground there, it’s just devastating because it’s like I lost a brother you know?” McCotter said.

McCotter described the man who was died in the shooting as someone who was “like family.”

“He’s a very humble person. He does a lot with the community, and he does a lot of giving back with the young kids in the neighborhood. He’s not even the type who’s bothered by small stuff,” McCotter said.

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