Star News reports that a woman in Wilmington, North Carolina had just come home from work on Tuesday night at around 11 p.m., when a home invader shoved her into the apartment, beat her, tied her up, and started searching her residence. She wriggled out of the bonds, retrieved her gun and shot the man dead. One bullet was all it took.
Kay Dickinson noticed the man with a trash bag when she got to her apartment. But as she put the key in the lock, he swung around and shoved her inside.
“We had a tussle and he choked me and gagged me and I dropped everything right there in the kitchen. He knew my name, he knew my boyfriend’s name, and he was like, ‘Give me the money.'”
The he tied her hands behind her back with a belt, and wrapped a cell phone charger cord around her mouth. Then he proceeded to search the residence for money.
But this woman keeps a gun by her bed. She wriggled out of the bonds and went for the gun. Though afraid he might have seen that gun, he didn’t and she fired one well-placed round into his chest. He tried to run down the hall, but died in the doorway.
She said she didn’t know for sure if he was dead or not, but as soon as he was down, she called 911. Police got there in 5 minutes.
The suspect was a known felon named Willie Franklin Stith III, 35. According to media, he had a long record of things like burglary and other crimes. He’d been out of prison since 2015.
Police took her bedspread, gun, and the items used to tie her.
The New Hanover District Attorney’s office will not decide whether to file charges until after the police complete their investigation.
North Carolina has a Castle Doctrine law and it does not require the person to retreat when confronted by a home invader. It is likely no charges will be filed.