Investigators said a man shot and killed a home intruder early Friday morning in Burke County.
Deputies responded to 2902 Flat Gap Road in Valdese after a report of shots fired around 3 a.m., according to a release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Howard Gene Cook, 37, dead at the scene, the release said.
Authorities said Cook had broken into the home and got hold of a gun there.
Cook pointed the gun at the homeowner, who also was armed, and the homeowner fired his weapon and hit Cook, the release said.
Detectives with BCSO’s criminal investigations division will finish the investigation and submit their findings to the district attorney’s office, who will decide whether there should be any charges.
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