New details emerge regarding meds, alcohol in fatal Rolesville shooting

James Aaron (David Hurst/CBS North Carolina)
James Aaron (David Hurst/CBS North Carolina)

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Search warrants released in the case of a Marine veteran being killed in Rolesville Sunday indicate the suspect and victim were drinking heavily prior to the shooting.

The search warrant also indicates that the suspect, James Michael Aaron, 29, may also have been on medication that should not be mixed with alcohol.

The victim, Wesley Collin Carpenter of Wake Forest, received a Purple Heart after sustaining an injury from an IED blast, his family said.

Aaron called 911 after the shooting and claimed that he had shot an intruder. However, it was Carpenter.

Carpenter’s wife, Sophia Media Carpenter, also called 911. “You know who he is! Please don’t shoot him anymore!” she could be heard saying while sobbing.

Aaron was on the phone with 911, still contending that the victim was an intruder, when officers arrived on the scene. He opened the door with a small handgun at his side, the warrant indicates, but he dropped it upon command.

“As James Michael Aaron opened the door with the firearm in his hand a female leaned out of an upstairs window and began acting hysterically,” the warrant reads. She told them that her husband had been shot.

Sergeant Christian Saunders located the victim in a hallway. He was conscious, making a gurgling sound but was unresponsive, the warrant reads.

Carpenter was transported to Wake Medical Center, where he died on the operating table.

Aaron told police he woke up around 4 a.m. to what he believed to be an intruder entering his home and shot the man multiple times.

Officers asked for a determination of Aaron’s blood alcohol content and the presence of prescription medications. Those results have not been released.

The warrant indicates that the Carpenters’ small daughter was also in the home but was unharmed.

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