POLICE: No Charges After Cherry Point Marine Shoots Sleeping Neighbor

Police say no charges will be brought after a woman accidentally shot her sleeping neighbor Thursday.

Brannaird Riley was hit in the upper right arm while sleeping in his bed inside his apartment on Village Court in Havelock.

Havelock police say his next door neighbor in the duplex, who is a Marine at Cherry Point, was packing her belongings for a move back to California when she tried to make her 9mm pistol safe. They say Lance Corporal Marianne Lee's gun fired while she was cleaning it, sending the bullet through a wall into Riley's apartment. It ricocheted off a wall stud, through another wall and hit the man.

The 47-year-old Riley was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern for treatment.

After consulting with the district attorney, police said no charges would be brought against Lee.


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