WW2 Vet Shot Intruder Who Kicked in His Door, Suspect’s Brother Says He Shouldn’t Have Been Killed

July 14 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
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Source: wral.com Archive: WebCite.org


An 89 year old World War II veteran in Wake Forest, North Carolina had to use deadly force to defend himself against a neighbor who kicked in his door over the weekend.

Jeffrey Baylon Mitchell, age 47 and Calvin Anderson Ray, age 89, had exchanged words before. Mitchell rented a nearby property owned by Ray and was upset about a broken air conditioner.

According to WRAL, a repairmen had been by Mitchell’s home twice over the weekend to fix his AC unit, but Mitchell said the unit was still not working.

That’s apparently when Mitchell decided to kick in his landlord’s door. Ray, being an elderly gentleman and feeling threatened by the kicked in door, wasn’t taking any chances. He shot and killed Mitchell on the front porch.

Police took Ray into custody for questioning, but released him after determining the shooting was a clear cut case of self defense.

Mitchell’s brother is speaking out about his brother’s death. Also from WRAL,

Scott Mitchell, Jeffrey Mitchell’s brother, said Sunday that Ray should be charged with a crime and that his brother should not have been killed for kicking in a door.

“He knew my brother would never lay a hand on him,” said Scott Mitchell, who added that his brother and Ray used to be friends. “My brother was a hot-headed person. All my brother wanted was to get that air conditioner fixed so he and his son didn’t have to sleep in a hot house. My brother would never lay a hand on him ever. If there is one thing my brother loved more than anything it was his son. He’d never do anything to leave that boy in this world with just his mama.”

This is the 45th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of North Carolina and the 1,220th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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