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Cumberland Co. Mother Shoots Home Intruder, Authorities Say
WRAL ^ | March 14, 2006

Posted on 03/14/2006 4:49:01 PM PST by NCjim

EUREKA SPRINGS, N.C. -- A Cumberland County mother shot and killed an apparent home intruder Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The shooting happened on the corner of Eloise Street and Charles Avenue near Fayetteville, where investigators said, a man kicked in the front door of the house, possibly to burglarize the house. The woman, Crystal Strickland, 23, then shot the man, investigators said.

They said Strickland was inside the house when she heard tapping on an outside window. When she went to investigate the noise, she either saw or heard the intruder, who was armed, trying to kick in the front door, authorities said. Strickland then got her gun, shots were exchanged and the intruder was hit.

The intruder, whose name was not released, left the scene in critical condition, but died shortly before arriving to a local hospital.

Authorities said Strickland told them that she did not know the intruder and, at this point, believe the shooting to be a case of a mother trying to protect her children.

Strickland, who is 9 months pregnant, has two other children: one 3 years old and another 1 year old.

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KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; bang; banglist; girlswithguns; goodshot; ncarmedcitizen
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1 posted on 03/14/2006 4:49:03 PM PST by NCjim
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. . . apparent home intruder . . . kicked in the front door of the house. . .

Maybe he got mixed up and thought it was his house and he'd forgotten his key.

2 posted on 03/14/2006 4:51:13 PM PST by ahayes
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To: NCjim

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!


3 posted on 03/14/2006 4:51:41 PM PST by bro.Ray
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To: ahayes

"Maybe he got mixed up and thought it was his house and he'd forgotten his key."


He won't make that mistake again...


4 posted on 03/14/2006 4:53:05 PM PST by dakine
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To: NCjim

Hip, Hip, Hooray!!


5 posted on 03/14/2006 4:54:36 PM PST by umgud (gitrdun)
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To: NCjim



You go girl!


6 posted on 03/14/2006 4:57:17 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Over here.


7 posted on 03/14/2006 4:58:42 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (I will never forget. I promise.)
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To: NCjim
...shots were exchanged and the intruder was hit.

That's what I love, you'd think these dumbass criminals have never heard of a firing rang.

8 posted on 03/14/2006 4:59:03 PM PST by txroadkill
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The intruder, whose name was not released, left the scene in critical condition, but died shortly before arriving to a local hospital.

I love happy endings!

9 posted on 03/14/2006 5:02:00 PM PST by SIDENET (Gonna shake it, gonna break it, let's forget it better still)
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To: txroadkill

It's been pointed out several times that the good guys spend WAY more time at the range, based on the outcome of most of these kinds of stories.

Money well spent.


10 posted on 03/14/2006 5:03:37 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (I will never forget. I promise.)
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To: NCjim

Good shooting Crystal. Carve a notch in that handle.


11 posted on 03/14/2006 5:04:30 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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Man should have known not to break into the house of a pregnant woman...9 months at that...hormones going crazy and everything.

Actually this just proves that guns cause crime and should be banned. I mean that armed burgular should have been rehabilitated. It probably wasn't even his fault that he turned to crime. Just kidding of course.


12 posted on 03/14/2006 5:14:37 PM PST by xachthegreat
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aparent?

once the door is kicked in, "game on"


13 posted on 03/14/2006 5:32:33 PM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: MD_Willington_1976

Once the door is kicked in, "Game Over".

;-)


14 posted on 03/14/2006 5:52:39 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (I will never forget. I promise.)
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To: NCjim

Ahhhhhhh....beautiful downtown Eureka Springs....


15 posted on 03/14/2006 6:01:46 PM PST by Shamrock-DW
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To: xachthegreat

Momma bear, with two cubs and one in the oven, is a dangerous critter to mess with.


16 posted on 03/14/2006 6:58:49 PM PST by lesser_satan (You know, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.)
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To: NCjim; EdReform; jonestown; Ladysmith; Petruchio; Shooter 2.5; PeterPrinciple; Max Combined; ...
(((Armed Citizen ping)))



You are being pinged because of your interest in every-day citizens using firearms to save life and limb. Freep-mail if you want on/off.

Visit the Armed Citizen Archives!

17 posted on 03/14/2006 8:08:16 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (*Burp* I just got done chewing up a liberal. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1583155/posts)
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To: ahayes
Maybe he got mixed up and thought it was his house and he'd forgotten his key. And his gun was to shoot the lock off...
18 posted on 03/14/2006 8:14:12 PM PST by tubebender (BIG REWARD for my missing tag line. Please advance a security deposit to enter...)
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To: ahayes

> Authorities said Strickland told them that she did not know the intruder and, at this point, believe the shooting to be a case of a mother trying to protect her children.

No harm, no foul. Well done, ma'am.

I don't normally rejoice when people get shot and killed -- even when that person is a burglarizing scroat -- but in this case I make an exception.

Home invading is Not On. Invading the home of a 9 mo. pregnant mum is definitely Not On. It's so far outside the accepted boundaries of decent human behavior that it is Way Major Uncool.

So she shot the scroat and he died, and I'll shed no tears for his passing. I hope it hurt.


19 posted on 03/14/2006 8:26:04 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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WAY TO GO MOM!!!!!

She's probably going to be a nervous wreck going in to have her baby so soon after this. I wouldn't feel very comfortable about it. I hope she can leave her little ones in the care of someone in a safer neighborhood.


20 posted on 03/14/2006 8:26:23 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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