Man shoots car break-in suspect in Rowan County, deputies say

by: Tina Terry Updated:

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - A man was shot Tuesday morning while he was breaking into cars in Rowan County, deputies said.

Deputies were called just 5 a.m. to a home on Longfield Drive, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

DOCUMENT: Use of force in defense of person; relief from criminal or civil liability.

The resident, Scott Moose, said he had video of the man trying to break into his car, deputies said.

Moose said once he confronted the suspect, 19-year-old Jason Lambert II. Lambert went to his vehicle and tried leave, but there was an exchange and MooseMoose fired a shot and hit Lambert in the head area, according to deputies. 

Lambert was taken to North East Medical Center and then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He is expected to be OK.

"I'm very shocked because we never had this out here, not in years, we haven't (any) break-ins,"  neighbor Vicki McClamrock said.

Investigators will present information to the Rowan County District Attorney to determine what kind of charges will be filed in the case.

North Carolina's Stand Your Ground law says a person is justified in using deadly force when he or she reasonably believes it's necessary to prevent "imminent death or great bodily harm to himself, herself or another."  

It also states when the suspect was "in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered a home, motor vehicle or workplace,"

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