A homeowner in Williamston shot a suspect who he saw in his driveway breaking into vehicles, deputies said.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3256 Bailey Road in Williamston in reference to someone that had been shot.

Deputies arrived on the scene, secured the area and contacted investigators.

An investigation revealed that one of the homeowners was inside the residence and observed an individual breaking into the vehicles that were parked in the homeowner’s driveway.

The homeowner armed themselves with a handgun and went outside to confront the suspect.

Deputies said that during the confrontation, a single shot was fired by the homeowner, which struck the suspect.

The suspect was transported to Martin General Hospital by the Williamston Fire/Rescue Department and then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for further medical treatment.  

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting deputies with the investigation.

The case is still under investigation.