Two Sampson County men are facing felony charges — and one severe gunshot injuries — following a burglary in which one of the men, reportedly wielding a machete, was shot by the homeowner.
Around 10:49 a.m. Friday, the Sampson County E-911 received a report of a residential burglary on Honeycutt Road, in which the homeowner had shot one of the burglars.
The caller advised the 911 dispatcher that the suspects had fled the scene in a tan Toyota headed in the direction of High House Road. A short time later, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle, carrying a gunshot victim, was stopped in the Sampson Regional Medical Center parking lot by officers from the Clinton Police Department and N.C. Wildlife Enforcement.
Donald David Farrior Jr., 22, of 91 Barley Lane, Clinton, was detained for questioning, while the passenger, Raheem Christopher Rogers, 23, of 2033 Beulah Church Road, Turkey, was taken into the hospital for treatment.
Through investigation by Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities, it was determined that the suspects broke into a residence on Honeycutt Road. The homeowner, who was inside the residence at the time, encountered the suspects, one of which was carrying a machete. Armed himself, the homeowner fired at the subject holding the machete, striking him in the torso, authorities said. Both suspects then fled the residence.
Sheriff’s investigators have charged Farrior with breaking and entering and conspiracy to break and enter. Farrior was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond.
Rogers was airlifted to Wake Medical Center, where he was being treated Friday afternoon. Warrants have been issued on him for the same charges of breaking and entering and conspiracy to break and enter.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Rogers is a convicted felon and registered sex offender. He was convicted of felony breaking and entering, larceny and indecent liberties with a child on March 28, less than two months ago, stemming from incidents in October 2015 (break-in and larceny) and August 2014 (indecent liberties). His sentence was suspended and he was given three years’ probation for the convictions.
The homeowner, whose name and address are temporarily being withheld for safety concerns, was not harmed during the incident, sheriff’s officials said. Honeycutt Road runs north to south between U.S. 421 and N.C. 242.
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