Officials have reported an incident which they called a thwarted robbery attempt involving a teen who was shot and killed in Catawba County last week.
The robbery was botched by 17-year-old Shane Cauthen, who was joined by two other people: 22-year-old Cory Ingram and 16-year-old Dylan Gates. The three tried to rob a 17-year-old at the teen’s home in Maiden, North Carolina.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office determined that while the confrontation was ongoing, Cauthen and the robbery victim shot at each other. Cauthen was shot four times.
The Sheriff’s Office revealed that the deputies were called to the robbery victim’s home around 6 p.m. Wednesday, where they discovered Cauthen had been injured and taken to a hospital. Unfortunately, He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The other two accomplices, Ingram and Gates were arrested on Friday, the sheriff’s office said. They’ll face a charge of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to jail records. Cauthen’s death and the shooting caused tensions to flare Thursday when Cauthen’s family went to the home where he was shot.
A report was released by the relatives of the teen who shot Cauthen that the home received threats. Shortly after Cauthen’s family arrived at the home, a relative of the shooter who held an AR-15 rifle asked them to leave. Officials have determined that the teen who shot Cauthen acted in self-defense and hence will not be charged.