Many tried to enter, one man didn’t leave:

A Granville County homeowner shot and killed a suspect breaking into his home Tuesday morning.

Deputies with the Granville County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering call around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at 7590 Sam Hall Road, Oxford. They discovered the homeowner shot and killed one suspect — Rodney Hanks Jr., 20, of 7707 Sam Hall Road, Oxford  — while several people tried to break into the home. The other suspects were seen fleeing the area.

Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. said the department was not releasing the name of the homeowner for his protection as others involved in the break-in have not yet been found.

The homeowner was uninjured and will not be charged in the shooting.

“They were breaking into his house; you’ve got the right to defend yourself,” Wilkins said. “The suspect had a gun and a knife.”

The dead criminal was arrested last year for drug possession.

Predictably, one of the dead criminal’s friends was the first to respond to the story:

Wow. This was a good good kid. Don’t know what happened.

It’s rather simple. This “good good kid” took two weapons to a home invasion with the apparent intent of causing violence once he got inside.

The evening didn’t go the way he planned.