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Neighbor on neighbor fatal shooting, charges filed

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Deputies investigate neighbor on neighbor shooting. Deputies investigate neighbor on neighbor shooting.
Michael Leroy Grant (Source: Pender County Sheriff's Office) Michael Leroy Grant (Source: Pender County Sheriff's Office)
The shooting happened in Summit Ridge Subdivision. The shooting happened in Summit Ridge Subdivision.

ROCKY POINT, NC (WECT) - Officials in Pender County are investigating a shooting that happened in Rocky Point Wednesday night.

According to the sheriff's office, Anthony Wayne Edens Sr., 42, was shot and killed by neighbor Michael Leroy Grant, 34, in the Summit Ridge Subdivision.

According to neighbor Shannon McHone, Grant was living with his ex-wife and two children.  McHone said Grant accused his wife of having an affair with Edens and other neighbors. 

His ex-wife told McHone that was not the case and that Grant was paranoid from being high on bath salts. 

McHone said Grant's ex-wife was able to escape with her children when Grant started to get violent, dragging her out of the home.  According to McHone, Grant's ex-wife ran to her house and forced the back door open so she could get to safety.

Grant is accused of firing shots at deputies and barricading himself inside a home.  Deputies fired back and used tasers on Grant in self defense.  Grant was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The incident lasted several hours, starting around 10:30 Wednesday night and continuing until about 5:15 Thursday morning.

According to sheriff's deputies, as of noon Thursday Grant was out of the hospital and was in custody of the Pender County Sheriff's Office.  Grant faces a number of charges including:

  • first degree murder
  • attempted murder
  • assault with a deadly weapon on a government official
  • 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a felon
  • communicating threats
  • assault on a female
  • assault by pointing a gun

Grant was not given a bond.  He will have his first court appearance in Burgaw Friday morning.

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