By The Raleigh Telegram
RALEIGH – According to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, a student who was home sick from school last month fired his father’s gun at a man armed with a gun who had broken into their family home, scaring him away.
Police say the incident took place in the town of Stokesdale in Rockingham County on Lauren Road on December 5th at around 12:45pm. The student was home from school since he was sick, said police.
According to investigators, the family’s pets were making noise and the student looked outside to see an armed man wearing a mask.
“The child reported…he heard the dogs outside barking, at which point he looked out the window and saw a man wearing a mask armed with a handgun approaching the house,” said Deputy Kevin Suthard of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
Feeling threatened, the student then got his father’s gun and was subsequently startled to see the man inside the house, police said.
“The child reported that he retrieved his father’s handgun and then discovered the intruder was standing inside the house,” said Deputy Suthard. “The child then reportedly fired a shot at the intruder, striking a TV inside the residence.”
According to police, even though the student missed the intruder, the shot scared off the man who left the scene on foot.
“The masked intruder then ran off through a field near the house according to the child,” said the Sheriff’s Department. The student then called police.
The student, whose name was not released, was not injured. Despite combing the area, the police were not able to find the suspect.
The suspect was described as being 5’8” to 6’ tall, wearing blue jeans, long sleeve black shirt and a mask over his face. The intruder was holding a black semi-automatic handgun according to the student, said police.
Despite being mostly rural, Rockingham County, North Carolina has experienced some extremely violent home invasions in recent months. In one case, a man and a woman were found shot and killed in their home, along with a third woman who was stabbed by the home intruder.
Other home invasions last year resulted in a woman being found partially clothed and tied up in her home after being attacked in her bedroom by a home invasion suspect. In another case, a masked man cut the phone lines outside and then robbed an 88 year old woman of cash in her home during an invasion.
Sheriff’s deputies in the area have made some arrests in several of the home invasion cases including a case where a 25 year old man and his 22 year old girlfriend were charged with stealing an 87 year old man’s car, TV, and cash while he was sleeping. ::
Article Posted: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.