Carbon Hill, AL – An Alabama homeowner fatally shot two masked intruders who allegedly broke into his home during an armed robbery on May 26, according to police.
The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on May 26 at a residence located in a rural area near Marlin Jordan Road and 4th Avenue Northeast, WIAT reported.
“When I arrived on scene, I noticed there were two subjects dead inside the home,” Carbon Hill Police Chief Antoine Cobb told WIAT. “They had ski masks on.”
Investigators said the homeowner was shot while exchanging gunfire with the masked intruders.
A second person inside the home at the time of the break-in was not physically injured, Chief Cobb said.
The wounded homeowner was rushed to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he underwent surgery, WIAT reported.
His name and condition were not immediately released.
“We hate that it happened,” Carbon Hill City Councilwoman Oranetta Kirk told WIAT. “He’s a big part of our community so we ask that you send prayers.”
“You don’t expect anything of this magnitude and this horrific to happen in this small town where most people are close-knit and loving,” added Carbon Hill City Councilwoman Cindy Killingsworth.
The coroner’s office later identified the masked intruders as DeWayne Turner and Clifton Embry, both of whom were 47 years old, WVTM reported.
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), which has been assisting the Carbon Hill Police Department (CHPD) with the investigation, announced on May 27 that it had arrested Paula Charlene Painter for allegedly “assisting two individuals with planning and carrying out the home invasion and robbery.”
Painter has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree robbery, and two counts of felony murder, the WCSO said in a Facebook post.
Chief Cobb urged local residents to remember to lock up their homes at night and to contact police immediately if they need help, WIAT reported.