EFLAND, N.C. (WNCN) – Orange County deputies shot and killed a home invasion suspect who pointed a handgun at officers late Saturday night, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 11 p.m., Mebane police asked for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in finding a home invasion suspect in the Efland area. Police were investigating a home invasion off Old Hillsborough Road in Mebane at the time.
Mebane police told Orange County deputies the suspect was armed when he broke into a home and assaulted two people. The suspect also was also said to have fired the weapon during the invasion, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies then located a suspect vehicle at a home on Virginia Lee Lane in Efland and knocked on the home’s front door.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect “abruptly exited holding a handgun” before pointing the weapon at deputies.
The Orange County deputies then shot and killed the suspect.
Wesley Dawson lives across the street from the suspect and told CBS North Carolina he was out smoking when the incident with authorities began. He said he saw the entire event unfold.
“There is four or five shots fired and I can see the smoke from the gun and I wonder what’s going on,” he said.
Dawson said he saw his neighbor get shot and that he froze up when it happened.
“[I was] mostly freaked out, shocked. This is the first time something like this has happened in this neighborhood in the 11 years I lived here,” he said.
Mebane police said Sunday afternoon that the incident began as a domestic dispute.
Police said that the ex-boyfriend of the woman who lives at the Old Hillsborough Road trailer broke in and was armed with a gun. The woman’s small child was in the trailer at the time, according to Mebane police.
The suspect lived at the home on Virginia Lee Lane, which is where deputies found him and he was later shot.
The SBI has been called to investigate and the deputies have been put on administrative leave.
“We want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with the decedent’s family and friends. The loss of human life under circumstances such as this is tragic and leaves us all asking why,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in a release.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.