NEW INFO: Suspect killed by homeowner during home invasion identified

GOLDSBORO, NC (WNCT) – A home invasion suspect was shot and killed after deputies said he broke into a home Saturday morning.

Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 32-year-old Jeremy Batson.

At approximately 4:15 am, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 200 block of Little River Drive for reports of a home invasion and shooting.

Deputies say when they responded to the incident, Batson was found lying near the door with a  gunshot wound. H was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center where he later died.

Investigators say the homeowner and his family were asleep when their alarm went off. The homeowner went to check on the alarm, but returned to bed when he did not see anything wrong. When the alarm was activated a second time, he went to check again and saw the suspect, who pull a gun on the homeowner.

The homeowner got into a struggle with Batson while defending himself. Deputies say during the struggle, the gun went off, striking Batson.

Investigators do not expected to be filed against the homeowner.

If anyone has information that may lead to the identification of the suspect, contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 919-731-1481.

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