North Carolina: Self-Defense Shooting in Cherokee County, North Carolina

Cherokee County, North Carolina

From WRCB of January 2, 2008

Self-Defense Shooting in Cherokee County, North Carolina

In Cherokee County, North Carolina, a case of mistaken identity caused a fatal shooting.

It happened yesterday on Old Peachtree Road, a few miles northeast of Murphy. Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin says Luis Wajda and Ruthann King were arguing when they called a friend to come pick them up. When Corey Luther arrived, Wajda thought he was King’s ex-boyfriend, and fired his pistol. Police say Luther ultimately returned shots from a shotgun, killing Wajda.

“The person attempted to retreat as far as he could,” Sheriff Loving said. “He was fired upon first and continued to be fired upon, and acted to protect himself.”

Corey Luther was not charged or arrested. Sheriff Lovin says unless his department turns up new information, it’s unlikely the District Attorney will bring any charges.

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