Vincent Reed Bellamy was at home in a student apartment complex in Raleigh, N.C. at around 1:45 a.m. when an armed intruder broke into the dwelling. Bellamy responded to the threat by shooting the criminal, and then triggering a fire alarm to call for help. When police arrived they found the home invader dead in a nearby hallway.
Following an investigation, Wake County Prosecutor Colleen Janssen made clear that Bellamy would not face charges. Janssen explained to a local media outlet the laws that protect residents like Bellamy, stating, “Those laws were put in place to protect homeowners or residents of homes when they protect themselves against intruders… and that’s exactly what I see as having happened here.” (WTVD, Raleigh, N.C. 08/2/13, The News Observer, Raleigh, N.C. 08/10/13)