2 NC dogs killed in home invasion; homeowner shoots back at suspects

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Police say two dogs were shot and killed in a Greenville home invasion, which included an exchange of gunfire.

The incident happened Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. at 2110 East 3rd Street, Unit A.

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Officers responding to the scene  for the report of gunshots were told by the resident, 23-year-old Kaleb Vater, and a guest who was staying with him, that two masked men entered the home through an unlocked door and shot his two dogs before they confronted him and demanded money.

Vater said, at that point, he retrieved his own gun and fired at the pair, who fled the scene. The two suspects didn’t get away with anything and no human injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Vater’s two dogs, a Pit bull and a Labrador mix, died from their injuries.

One dog was shot in the head and back. The other dog was shot in the back.

Investigators said a preliminary search of the home showed evidence of drug use. Vater was issued two citations for simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that the incident was drug-related. They don’t believe the incident was a random crime.

The case remains under investigation.

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