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Two Intruders Killed, Accomplice Arrested, Homeowner Hospitalized In Home Invasion Robbery

CARBON HILL, ALABAMA – Two masked intruders were killed in a shootout with a homeowner and their accomplice is now facing multiple charges in connection to the crime and their deaths. The resident is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital following the violent incident which occurred around 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies from Walker County responded with police officers from Carbon Hill to a reported shooting near Fourth Avenue Northeast and Marlin Jordan Road. Upon arrival, they found two men deceased inside the home, still wearing ski masks.

The men were identified by authorities as Clifton Embry and Dewayne Turner Jr., both 47-years-old and both from Talladega County.

Although investigators have not elaborated on the exact role that she played in helping the two suspects, they arrested Paula Charlene Painter, 54, of Carbon Hill.  She has been charged with first-degree robbery, attempted murder, and two counts of felony murder since the deaths occurred during the commission of a felonious crime that she was a party to.

Alabama is one of twenty-three states that has some version of state laws commonly referred to in the United States as Castle Doctrine, which states that a person in their dwelling who reasonably believes that another person or person has, or is in the process of, unlawfully and forcibly entering the dwelling has a legal justification for employing the use of lethal force against the intruder(s).

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