The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened in the Dysartsville community Wednesday morning.
The shooting happened around 7:40 a.m. at a home in the 6000 block of Gold Mine Road, according to Sheriff Steve Whisenant.
The homeowner called 911 and reported that he shot the victim, who was breaking into his home, Whisenant said. The homeowner and a female witness voluntarily came to the sheriff’s office later that day to speak with officers.
Whisenant said the homeowner and witness were cooperative during an interview and have since been released. The homeowner’s and victim’s names have not been released, but Whisenant said they knew each other.
State Bureau of Investigation officers were called from Ashe County to assist the sheriff’s office with the crime scene.
“They will be meticulously going through the crime scene and matching the evidence to what we were told by the witnesses,” Whisenant said. “We’re not sure if what we’re being told is truthful, so we have to investigate and get a wide enough crime scene that we can encompass everything that may become evidence.”
The victim was found dead inside the home, but some evidence was being gathered outside. The homeowner said at least one window was busted during the breaking and entering, Whisenant said.
Whisenant said officers have been called to the area multiple times for crime and have even been inside the home before Wednesday.
“We’ve had some violence (in the area), some substance abuse, some drug activity,” Whisenant said. “We were aware of that residence. We have been in that area several times.”
Steve Michaels, a nearby resident, said multiple people in the area are known to cause trouble.
“There’s been trouble here for a long while,” Michaels said, “We’re tired of being stoled from, being thieved from, and they turn them right down there to that courthouse and turn them loose.”
Michaels said he has broken into numerous times by “this same bunch.” Thieves have stolen items such as chains and batteries from Michaels before, he said.
“We’re tired of it — we ain’t going to put up with it no longer,” Michaels said about the court system. “Either do something, or we’ll do it ourselves.”
Officials did not say what kind of gun was used. It is currently unknown how many shots were fired, Whisenant said Wednesday afternoon.
Whisenant said officers would be at the crime scene throughout the day gathering evidence. The homeowner is currently with a relative, he said.
Ryan WIlusz is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-432-8941.