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Home invasion suspect shot by Roanoke Rapids victim, police say

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) - A search is underway after a home invasion suspect was shot by the home's occupant early Thursday morning in Roanoke Rapids, police said.

The incident was reported around 3:30 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of Raleigh Street in Roanoke Rapids, police said in a news release.

"The occupant reported to have been awoken after hearing a noise, retrieved a firearm, then confronted the suspect inside the residence," the news release said.

"The occupant discharged a firearm three times, striking the suspect at least once before the suspect fled on foot."

Police said that residents are asked to report any suspicious activities and to secure homes by locking doors and windows.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, Roanoke Rapids police and area law enforcement agencies are actively searching for the suspect, officials said.

Anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact the Roanoke Rapids Police Department at 252-533-2810 and Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-3444.

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