Man dies in home invasion
A man in a gray-colored “Sheriff Dept.” sweatshirt broke into a Hickory Nut Court home early Friday morning and fatally shot a resident.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 100 block of Hickory Nut Court shortly before 6 a.m. and found Anthony Wayne Giles, 45, unresponsive with a gunshot wound, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Johnson. Giles was pronounced dead at the scene by Central Carolina Hospital Emergency Medical Services.
A black man with an assault-type rifle reportedly broke into the home and announced “Sheriff” at 5:45 a.m., according to Giles’ wife, who was not identified.
She gave the suspect what money was in the house and was tied up by the suspect, Johnson said. Two adult children were also in the house, he said, and one stayed in a bedroom and the other was forced to lie down in a bathroom. Neither was injured.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office spent the better part of the day searching for the suspect, who is described as a black man with dreadlocks pulled up into a pony tail, wearing a black toboggan, the gray sweatshirt and tan cargo pants. There is no indication the suspect is a current or former sheriff’s department employee, Johnson said.
“It is strange for someone to be wearing a sheriff’s sweatshirt, but they are available on the Internet and places like that,” he said.
There is no vehicle information for the suspect, Johnson said. The officers assume he left on foot.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at (919) 775-5531 or the anonymous crime line at (919) 718-4577.