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Update: Wayne County fatal home invasion suspect identified

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The suspect in the early Saturday morning home invasion incident has been identified as 32 year old Jeremy Batson. Batson died from his wound Saturday afternoon at Vidant Hospital in Greenville

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On Saturday at approximately 4:15 a.m., Deputies from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 202 Little River Drive in reference to a home invasion and a shooting.

Upon their arrival they found the suspect of the home invasion lying near a door. He had been shot once in what appeared could be a life threatening wound. EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported the suspect to Wayne Memorial Hospital, where he was later airlifted to Vidant in Greenville, NC. The suspect later died of his injuries.

The investigation showed that the homeowner and his family were asleep in bed when their alarm was activated. The homeowner went to check on the alarm. When he did not see anything wrong he returned to bedroom when the alarm was activated again. When the homeowner went to check again he was surprised by the suspect who held a gun on the homeowner. The homeowner, defending himself, got into a struggle with the suspect. During the struggle a firearm went off shooting the suspect. The homeowner then contacted law enforcement. No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.

The suspect did not have any identification on him but more information is expected to be uncovered and released in the days ahead.

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