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Home invader shot by homeowner
At least one criminal is already out on bail.

Originally ran here as:
Man defends home in break-in
By Matt Leclercq, Staff writer, Fayetteville (NC) Observer
Tuesday, June 26, 2001

DUNN, NORTH CAROLINA -- Lettie Hudson awoke at 2 a.m. Saturday to the sound of someone beating on her back door.

By the time she got out of bed and looked to see who it was, two men with guns had kicked in the front door and were standing in the living room of her home on Hodges Chapel Road. Hudson called for her husband, Rastus, who got out of bed.

The men threatened to kill the couple, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.

“I begged them not to kill us,” said Rastus Hudson, who is 61. “I told them I’d give them anything we had.”

He told the men he would get his wallet from the bedroom. Instead, he said, he took his handgun from under his mattress and started firing to scare the men away. The men turned their backs but did not leave, so Hudson shot one of them in the shoulder before he ran out of bullets.

“Each time they tried to fire, I kept popping,” he said. “They had plenty of chance to get out. I knew they would have killed us.”

The men left and drove to Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital, where deputies found them a short time later, reports said. The Sheriff’s Office charged 22-year- old William Adam Cameron and 19-year-old Clifton Alexander Brewer with first-degree burglary, attempted robbery and assault by pointing a gun, Maj. Steve West said.

Cameron lives on the 500 block of East Canary Street in Dunn.

He was arrested Saturday morning at the hospital. His bail was set at $208,500, West said.

Brewer, who lives on the 600 block of East Godwin Street, was charged Monday after surgery to remove the bullet.

His bail was $15,000, which was posted by a family member, West said.

Right to protect home

Hudson was not charged. “He has a right to protect his home and his family,” West said.

Hudson, who was once in the Army, said it will take a long time for him and his wife to overcome the shock of what happened.

“I’m just thanking God that he gave me the ability to not freeze up and use my tactics from the military,’’ he said.

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