Two ne’er-do-wells enter a home with the intent to burglarize it. Unfortunately for them, it was the residence of two Marines from Camp LaJeune, who arrived home to find the burglars busy at their craft. A struggle ensued, and, as you might have guessed, the burglars came out, well, dead.
After nearly two weeks of investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department into an attempted burglary that left two men dead, Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee announced this morning that charges will not be filed against the shooters.
Until Friday, the circumstances surrounding the shooting that killed Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner during a burglary attempt at 107 Country Club Drive were cloudy at best.
Now, with the investigation complete, Onlsow County District Attorney, Ernie Lee detailed the events.
The two men were shot during an attempted burglary of the house, after being surprised by the residents, as they returned home. The burglars held them at gun point and threatened to kill them.
According to Lee, the Marine grabbed for the gun when Skinner looked away and a struggle for the weapon followed.
“The Marine resident was able to kick Skinner and free the shotgun from Skinner’s grip. Skinner came at the Marine resident who was on the floor and the Marine resident two times.
The Marine resident then found Everette struggling with another Marine who was a guest in the home and shot Everette once in the rear end.
The whole altercation happened within 15 minutes, Jacksonville Police arrived on the scene at 1:55 am to find Skinner and Everette dead in the home.
The district attorney has decided that the men were justified in their use of force to protect their home. Oorah.