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Man shot, killed after breaking into Chadbourn home

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after being shot early this morning when he reportedly tried to break into a Columbus County home. It happened at a house on North Wilkes Street in Chadbourn around 1:30 a.m. Police say Eddie Best Jr. died at the hospital about an hour later.

A resident of the house, who did not want to be identified, said he had just come home when one of his roommates told him not to go inside because of what happened.

The roommate told him he heard someone outside the door. When the people outside kicked in the door, the man inside opened fire, hitting Best in the back and buttocks. Best reportedly collapsed at the side of the home. The other suspect ran off and is still at large.

Police say Best lived a few blocks away on South Wilkes Street.

Neither of the two people who were in the house at the time of the break-in were hurt.

Witnesses say SBI was on scene to help in the investigation. Chadbourn Police say their investigation continues because they’ve received conflicting stories about what happened.

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