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A homeowner who shot and fatally wounded a man told police he was an intruder.
Friday, September 6, 2013
The shooting that left an intruder dead during an apparent home invasion last week has not led to any criminal charges, according to the Roanoke commonwealth’s attorney.
Officers were called just before midnight Aug. 29 to the 3000 block of Ferncliff Avenue, where they found that shots had been fired at a house after a resident said a man tried to break in.
Police located Earnest Neal Jr., 42, of Roanoke at a nearby Shell station, at the intersection of Hershberger Road and Ferncliff Avenue. Suffering a gunshot wound, he was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital , where he was later pronounced dead.
Donald Caldwell, the commonwealth’s attorney, said this week that no charges are being filed at this time.
He said the homeowner told investigators the gun was fired in self-defense during the break-in, and so far, the investigation has not turned up evidence to the contrary.
A search warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court said a gunshot was fired through the back door. Officers also noted a broken window, which the warrant said might have been where a person broke in.
Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon said investigators are trying to determine whether more than one person was involved in the break-in.
The warrant said a black ski mask was found inside the house, and a glove was found in the yard.
Investigators took swabs inside the house, in addition to seizing the ski mask and a bullet, according to the warrant.
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