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Homeowner could face charges after shooting intruder

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A homeowner in Columbus County allegedly shot an intruder in the neck early Sunday morning. A homeowner in Columbus County allegedly shot an intruder in the neck early Sunday morning.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A homeowner in Columbus County allegedly shot an intruder in the neck late Saturday night and could also face charges in this incident.

Deputies in Columbus County said Brian Riggins and two other men broke into a home at the intersection of FM Watts and Peacock Road, which is between Tabor City and Whiteville.

According to investigators, the homeowner shot one Riggins in the neck. He was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery Sunday morning. He is still in the hospital recovering.

Homeowner Jimmy Huggins was recently released from prison. Since he's a convicted felon, it's illegal for him to own a gun. Sheriff Chris Batten said his agency will turn over all the information about the incident to the District Attorney's office.

According to Batten, Huggins could face charges since he's a convicted felon, but that will be up to the prosecutors.

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