NEW INFO: Shooting Over Dog Ended With Four Injured, One Dead

Authorities say a North Carolina gunman who wounded two sheriff's deputies and a neighbor and his 8-year-old daughter in a dispute over a dog has been found dead in his home.

Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Stafford said 63-year-old Roland Younce was fatally shot in a shootout with officers northwest of Lenoir.

Authorities say the incident started late Wednesday when the man reportedly shot his neighbor's dog after it wandered into his yard.

The dog's owner, Tony Moore, and his daughter, Ashley, were wounded and police were called. Stafford said deputies had been called to Younce's home before.

Investigators say the deputies had non life-threatening injuries. Moore and his daughter were taken to regional hospitals.

The family has asked the hospitals not to release information about their conditions.



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Authorities say a gunman who wounded two sheriff's deputies and a neighbor and his daughter in a dispute over a dog has been found dead in his home.

The man's name wasn't released early Thursday. It wasn't clear if he received the fatal wound in an overnight standoff with officers in Caldwell County northwest of Lenoir.

Authorities say the incident started late Wednesday when the man reportedly shot his neighbor's dog after it wandered into his yard. The dog's owner and his daughter were wounded and police were called.

Investigators say the deputies had non life-threatening injuries. The neighbor and his daughter were taken to hospitals and their injuries weren't immediately known.

Officials haven't released any identities. Classes were delayed at a nearby elementary school.


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  • by K Location: NC on May 29, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    This story is totaly wrong. The dog taht was shot was Mr. Youcnes. Mr. Moore shot the dog. The dog was on Mr. Younces property (it's home) and Mr. Moore went and shot it. If you are going to report a story, you really need to get the facts straight. What kind of news station are you? Mr. Youce had been tormented by the Moores for years and then MR. Moore went and shot Mr. Youcne dog on Mr. Younce property. That pushed Mr. Younce over the edge.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on May 29, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    First mistake ... if someone shots your dog ... dont go and try to talk to the person who just shot your dog call out law enforcement. I for one will not hesitate to shot an aggressive dog if it threatens myself, my family or anyone within sight of my home. If time permits I call the police before going to deal with the dog. I had a big rockwilder show up in my neighborhood and it decided to camp under my deck I called out law enforcement because it was on the weekend and they contacted animal control. I was outside armed and when officer arrived we both went around house and the dog basically looked at us then rolled its eyes then laid down and went to sleep. Dog catcher arrived took dog with no problems.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    My praise to the "cops." Keep up the good work. Shoot all criminals. Don't let them have a chance to get one of them "good ol boy" lawyers.
  • by Family Location: Goldsboro on May 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Seriously, innocent people were shot and all you have to comment on is the wording of the article...go mow your lawn or do something productive! We're keeping you in our prayers Marty, and the other deputy as well.
  • by Jess Location: NC on May 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    The title of the article is deceiving. It sounds like two deputies were found dead in the home. The title "should" read "Gunman who wounded a child and two depuies, found dead in his home".
  • by DGK Location: Greenville on May 28, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    WITN - that's the best response I've seen in quite a while! People complain when you report, what you report and how you report. Continue to keep doing the wonderful job you have been doing. I enjoy listening and reading your news stories!
  • by WITN on May 28, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    The story is from the Associated Press. What do you need clarification on?
  • by bill Location: washington on May 28, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    That is the most confusing and vague article I have ever read!!!
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