Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty sent out four groups to search the perimeter around the location for clues of the suspect’s whereabouts.
In a statement released around 10:30 this morning the police department said around 3:30 today Halifax Central received a call in which the occupant of the residence reported they had shot at an intruder three times before the suspect ran out the back door.
The police department said in the statement the breaking and entering victim told officers they were awakened by noise, retrieved a firearm and then confronted the suspect.
The occupant discharged the firearm at least three times, striking the suspect at least once.
Residents are asked to report any suspicious activities and secure dwellings by locking doors and windows.
An additional update is planned around 12:30 p.m.
Captain Bobby Martin said it was no clear where on the body the suspect was shot.
The homeowner was not harmed.
The search party includes correctional officers, local and regional law enforcement and a state Highway Patrol helicopter.
A licensed drone pilot was also dispatched to the scene to fly his craft around the area.
The only description thus far was the suspect was dressed in black. “We’re looking for anything with evidentiary value, blood, clothing that will help us with identification of the suspect,” Martin said. “Right now we’ve probably got close to 100 assisting, that’s on the low side.”
Martin said, “We’re glad the homeowner wasn’t injured and they were able to protect themselves.”
Martin said while the police department continues to investigate, “We don’t believe believe the victim has done anything wrong, other than defending themselves.”
The police department has set up a command center at the Aquatic Center and bloodhounds from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office and state Department of Public Safety were on the ground and other officers were doing foot patrols within a perimeter in all directions of the immediate neighborhood.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is assisting as well.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.