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'It was either get shot or shoot him': Brunswick Co. shooting ruled self-defense

Authorities have determined that a shooting in Boiling Spring Lakes on Friday, Nov. 25 that sent one man to the hospital was an act of self-defense. (Source: Raycom Media) Authorities have determined that a shooting in Boiling Spring Lakes on Friday, Nov. 25 that sent one man to the hospital was an act of self-defense. (Source: Raycom Media)
BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) -

Authorities have determined that a shooting in Boiling Spring Lakes on Friday, Nov. 25 that sent one man to the hospital was an act of self-defense.

According to officials, William Christman, 28, of Ladson, South Carolina, was with a group of hunters trying to track down a hunting dog using GPS.

The GPS led the group to the area of Bet Lane and New Hanover Road, which appeared to be the last known location of the dog.

Christman and two other hunters went to a home on Bet Lane to ask if anyone at the residence had seen the dog when they were confronted by James Harold Stephens.

Stephens told the group to leave and look for the dog on the roadway. The group left and returned to the road to continue their search.

Officials said Stephens drove to the end of his driveway and pulled out a gun and pointed it at the group.

When Stephens pointed the gun at Christman, Christman fired a single shot at Stephens.

According to 911 calls released from the shooting, a caller said, "A man come up to my little brother, he had a gun, pointed it at his head, and it just so happened my brother had a gun in his hand, and he shot him."

The caller continued, "One dog that we have got gone, you know it’s been out for a while and we’ve been trying to catch it. And he come hauling *** up here and threw the gun out there in my brother’s face, and my brother just happened to have one in his pocket, and he shot him.”

"You know, it was either get shot or shoot him, you know. That’s all there is to it, I’m sorry,” the caller said to dispatch.

Another 911 caller claimed that Stephens appeared to have been shot on the side of the neck during the incident. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

After consulting with the District Attorney's Office, Boiling Spring Lakes police ruled the shooting self-defense.

Criminal charges against Stephens are expected in the future, officials said.

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