Gun shop owner gives burglars surprise welcome

PASQUOTANK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Pasquotank County Deputies charged four people in connection with an attempted break-in at a local gun shop.

“It is kind of like the whole redneck saying, ‘you just can’t fix stupid,’” David Pritchard said.

Pritchard says he saw stupid first hand early Sunday around 7 a.m. That’s when three men tried to break into his gun shop, Bull Shooter’s Supply on Bayside Road.Jason Marks reports on attempted robbery at EC gun shop2

“I have no idea how they intended to get inside,” Pritchard said.

A neighbor who lives just down the street from the gun shop noticed the suspect’s car. He then saw three men dressed in all black get out and head toward the shop. The neighbor made two calls. One to Pritchard and the other to 911.

The suspects crossed a cornfield before getting to Bull Shooter’s. What they didn’t know was the owner lived in the house right next door and he had a shotgun right next to his bed. Pritchard said when he went to confront the men, they started to run back towards the car. He hollered for them to stop. He told 10 On Your Side one of the men pulled out a gun and fired at him, so he fired back.

“I fired a warning shot,” Pritchard said. “They should know that the warning shot was exactly that, because I had the intention to disable them or to kill them, I certainly could have done that.”

The suspects stopped shooting, jumped in the car and sped off. Deputies caught Jonathan Davis, Damian Perry, Deon Pryor and the driver of the car, Yanin Deaza, about 20 minutes later.

“It’s daylight. It’s like 7:15 in the morning. Other than having a flashing strobe on the head, it couldn’t be any more obvious that these guys are up to no good,” Pritchard said. “One of the deputies had joked that maybe they didn’t set their clock ahead the night before and they thought it was still dark.”

Perry, Davis and Pryor were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, intent to kill and conspiracy to attempt to break into a building. They are each being held on a $100,000 bond. Deaza was charged with conspiracy to attempt to break into a building and was given a $20,000 bond.

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