NC Prosecutor: Shooting of burglars justified

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) Prosecutors say they won't file charges against two Marines and a friend who killed two men trying to burglarize their Jacksonville home earlier this month.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said 33-year-old Maurice Skinner and 33-year-old Diego Everette held the three men at shotgun point after they came home during the burglary April 15.

Investigators say the burglars threatened to tie the men up, so 1 of the Marines grabbed the shotgun and they started to struggle. One burglar hit the Marine with a crowbar then repeatedly tried to shoot him, but authorities say the shotgun wasn't pumped.

Prosecutors say the Marine managed to get the gun and shot both burglars. Lee didn't release the names of the men who lived in the home.

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