D.A. says no charges in deadly attempted home invasion case

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Onslow County's district attorney says there will be no charges brought against a resident who shot and killed a would-be home invader earlier this week.

Stacey Ross, Jr.

Stacey Ross, Jr., 20, was killed Tuesday night after police say he and four others tried to force their way into a man's apartment at Carolina Place Apartments on Delaney Drive in Jacksonville.

District Attorney Ernie Lee says the resident, who hasn't been identified, fired in self defense.

Police were able to track down the other four people involved in the attempted home invasion.

Joshua Cordts, 18; Sean Padgett, 18; Steven Lewis, 18; and Haleigh Noling, 17, were all charged with attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.


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Police say the victim in an attempted armed home invasion shot and killed one of the intruders.

Jacksonville police say it happened around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday night at Carolina Place Apartments on Delaney Drive.

Officers say when they arrived, Stacey Ross, Jr. of Jacksonville was found laying in the parking area. The 20-year-old was shot multiple times and later died at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

Police say their investigation showed Ross was one of five people involved in the attempted home invasion and a police department spokeswoman says the resident of the apartment shot Ross.

Overnight police were able to catch the others involved in the attempted home invasion. They are Joshua Cordts, 18; Sean Padgett, 18; Steven Lewis, 18; and Haleigh Noling, 17

The four are charged with attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police say they are conferring with the district attorney about any additional charges in the case.