A township man who was shot in the abdomen during an apparent domestic-related incident Monday night died a short time later in surgery, one week before his 25th birthday, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Tuesday. While circumstances involving the death of Seifuddin Collier remained under investigation, Chitwood said they have identified the alleged gunman and he is claiming self-defense. The superintendent did not release the name of the alleged 21-year-old gunman because he has not been charged with a crime. “This is an ongoing investigation,” Chitwood said.

Spouse Opens Fire on Thieves Who Threatened Husband – Thieves Flee and then Exchange Gunfire with Responding Deputies

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA – Three men who threatened a couple got more than they bargained for, first being shot at, then getting into a shootout with law enforcement before crashing their getaway vehicle and being arrested.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office say that the wild chain of events all began Sunday afternoon in the Jeter Mountain area when a couple returned to their home to find a vehicle backed up to their storage building.  The male homeowner got out of his vehicle and confronted the three suspects, and one of the suspects showed a gun.  The man’s spouse then exited the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the suspects, but no one was injured.  The suspects fled in their vehicle and the couple called 911 to report the incident. 

A short time later, deputies spotted the vehicle, and when they attempted to stop it a chase ensued. During the chase, gunfire was exchanged between the suspects and officers. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle crashed and the occupants fled on foot. One suspect was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, the other two suspects, Eric Lee Taylor, 39, and Joshua Brian McCarson, 33, were arrested in neighboring Henderson County.  Taylor and McCarson were both charged with attempted first-degree murder as a result of shooting at the Transylvania County deputy on Sunday. Taylor was also charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and driving while license revoked.  The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

If the female homeowner had not reacted to the threat to her husband by the gun-toting would-be thieves, they both could have been killed.  Anyone who will flee law enforcement officers and shoot at them would have had no issues with killing the homeowners if they had not defended themselves with a defensive firearm.

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Edgar Lee is a contributor for Concealed Nation. After spending 20 years in the fire service, he is currently in his second career as a business and technology manager, and he and his wife are successful small business owners.

Outside of work his interests include camping, hiking, fishing, metal detecting, home improvement projects and motorcycling. He also enjoys reading biographies and auto biographies, military history, and writing about modern-day personal safety and security. He has visited much of the continental US, but still considers his home state of North Carolina as his favorite.

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