Homeowner's Son Shoots Break-In Suspect

Deputies a homeowner's son thwarted a break-in Monday morning, and wounded one of the suspects in the process.

Onslow County deputies say it happened around 1:00 a.m. on Crows Nest Lane in Sneads Ferry.

Deputies say Joseph Green, who was an invited guest to the home, became very violent and the owner had to put him out by force.

Some 20 minutes later, deputies say Green returned with four friends. They say the group tried to kick in the door and then tried to break out some windows. Deputies say Landon Crews was inside with his mother and he warned the group several times he had a gun. Some of those were overheard as his mother was calling 911.

Crews told deputies he shot once at someone who was coming into the house through a broken window. Deputies say Cyle Norris was shot in the right forearm from a 12 gauge shotgun.

Green, Norris, along with Trevor Sturgis and David Sonye are all charged with first degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and felony conspiracy. Deputies say other charges are pending.

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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Landon.....run for Govenor!!!! You have my vote!!! We need a million more like you.
  • by Francesca Location: Sneads Ferry on Jul 7, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    Landon Cruz YOU are an AWESOME COUSIN!!! Thank you for protecting my aunt, yourself, and the dogs Tazz and Duke!! I LOVE YOU!!!
  • by ever considered law enforcement Location: Falling Creek on Jul 7, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Good job! You need to relocate to Lenoir County. There's lots of homes for sale.
  • by Daryl Turner Location: Pink Hill on Jul 7, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    For more stories like this check out armed-citizens.com Firearms save lives everyday this is a prime example.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Way to go, Landon!
  • by joe stroud on Jul 7, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    What would he have done without a weapon???
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Finally, at story involving gun use for the right reason. Kudos to Landon.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 7, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    I would like to say, way to go Landon. You are the man for what you did. These four punks need to be shipped off to Iraq and then we'll see how violent they get. I bet they will calm down quick. Hey Ace, my idea of gun control is a firm grip. Hey Jake, and that idiot lawyer that would claim such a thing should not even have a license to practive law or else be banned from his bar license. I would like for Barack to find out about this and realize that guns can be used for PROTECTION, not for just killing people to kill them. To Bob, if they charged him, then I would then like to see that somebody out of their curent position. This guy does NOT deserve to be charged with ANYTHING.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 7, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    You guys are a bunch of "haters", these nice folk were going to Landon's house for a tupperware party at One in the Morning, and he over-reacted with a violent outrage. Now these nice young fellows will need physchiatric care to restore thier faith in humanity. . .Back to reality - WAY TO GO Landon, Protect you Mom and property. However I do believe there is more to this story. Buzz-
  • by C on Jul 7, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Mr. Crews, good show. Looks to me like you took the only option you had left, and came out on top. WITN: My hat is off to you for running this story. Typically, stories that tell of an armed citizen defeating a criminal are ignored by the media. Thank you.

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