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Man shot, killed following neighborhood dispute in Bladen Co.

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County deputies say a shooting in an Elizabethtown neighborhood over the weekend ended with one man dead and his alleged killer behind bars.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, deputies say they found Antoine Eddington, 44, lying in the front yard of a home at 1017 Jack Richardson Road after dispatchers got a call about a man who was shot and unconscious.

They say despite CPR attempts before they got to the scene, Eddington, who lived next door, had no pulse and was pronounced dead at the scene by Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.

Deputies say the shooting started with a neighborhood dispute, when Eddington left his home and returned with a shotgun. They say Eddington began banging on the door before he allegedly hit the person who opened it with the shotgun.

Deputies say that’s when Troy Cromartie, 25, of Garland, confronted Eddington on the front porch and shots were fired. They say they believe Eddington was shot with a round from a revolver before Cromartie ran into the woods behind the home.

Bladen County and Sampson County deputies stopped a vehicle leaving the area, where they found Cromartie inside. They say he already had warrants out for his arrest for probation violations and failure to pay child support, so he was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and the outstanding warrants were also served.

Deputies say District Attorney Jon David was notified of the incident and asked to look over the evidence prior to any further charges. Several agencies helped in the investigation, including the SBI.

Cromartie is in the Bladen County Jail under a $21,500 secured bond.


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