JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Onslow County authorities said they have ruled the recent fatal crossbow shooting of a man to be an act of self-defense, and said they will not charge the shooter.
According to a statement released by Onslow County District Attorney, Ernie Lee, he “determined that the shooting death of Frank Tate, Jr., while tragic, was justified and no criminal charges in this matter are warranted” under state law.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said they conducted 13 interviews during the investigation into the death of Tate, who died after he was shot with a crossbow at a home on Richlands Highway in Jacksonville on September 22.
Investigators said Antonio Quinton Eaton-DeRosa, 20, who lived next door to the victim on Richlands Highway, shot Tate with a crossbow.
D.A. Ernie Lee said, according to Eaton-DeRosa and two eyewitnesses to the shooting, that Tate, began threatening Eaton-DeRosa.
When Eaton-DeRosa tried to back away from Tate, Tate kept getting closer to him and threatening him, so Eaton-DeRosa shot him with a crossbow in self-defense.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was shot with a crossbow on Sunday.
Deputies responded to a report of a person being shot or stabbed at a home at 5363 Richlands Highway at 4 p.m.
At the scene, deputies found a 58-year-old white male lying in the yard with a stab wound to his side.
Deputies and EMS personnel began CPR, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was identified as Frank Tate Sr. of Jacksonville.
Deputies detained and questioned a 20-year-old white male at the scene, who admitted he accidentally shot the victim with a crossbow.
That man was later released and is cooperating with the investigation, which is being continued by the OCSO and the Onslow County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities said additional information will be released in this case as it becomes available.