WENTWORTH, N.C. -- The Rockingham County District Attorney's Office says no charges will be pursued against a business owner who killed a man stealing from his business.
Investigators say Steve Hall, owner of Hall Well and Plumbing, shot and killed one of two men during a robbery reported in the early morning hours on July 8. Hall said he saw the men pushing rolls of copper wire in his backyard, which is near the business. He confronted the men and fatally shot Jesse Ray Walker after he charged at Hall, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies later found and arrested the second suspect, Brandon Joe Hanks.
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Hall's business was robbed four times within four months.
District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. said the shooting was lawful. "Citizens in their homes or businesses have a right to protect themselves from a dangerous, unlawful aggressor," Berger said in a statement. "The law vigorously protects that right and the rights of all law abiding gun owners."
Walker's father told the medical examiner his son was addicted to oxycodone for years; Walker had pills in his pocket when he died, according to the district attorney's office.
The district attorney's office said Walker had 35 prior convictions, including: multiple Obtaining Controlled Substance by Fraud, Discharging a Weapon into Occupied Property, multiple Breaking/Entering and Larceny charges, multiple counts of Resisting a Public Officer, Safecracking and various drug offenses.