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Deputies: Man shot twice in self defense

LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A shooting that left one man hospitalized has been ruled as self defense, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched to a home on Buffalo Forest Road Monday around 9:45 p.m. Once on scene, they found Jeffrey Dean Tucker, 47, lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the right side and right leg, officials said.

He was transported to CMC-Lincoln before being airlifted to CMC-Main.

Detectives say Tucker, who lived at the home with Jeffery Loranzie Byrd, 45, had gotten into an argument with a female visitor when Byrd intervened.

Tucker and Byrd began to argue with each other and Tucker assaulted Byrd inside the home. The altercation continued to the back deck, where Byrd was able to free himself.

Byrd then told Tucker to leave the house and that he was going to get his gun, deputies said.

Byrd returned to the deck with a .22 caliber pistol and again told Tucker to leave. Tucker lunged at Byrd, who fired a shot striking Tucker in the leg.

Tucker was again told to leave, but instead picked up an aluminum crutch to hit Byrd. That's when officials say a second shot was fired, striking Tucker in the side.

Tucker underwent surgery at CMC-Main and is in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from surgery.

District Attorney Rick Shaffer ruled Tuesday morning that Byrd acted in self defense, and that no charges would be filed.

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