Burke County authorities investigating early morning fatal shooting

Vernon Eugene Dale, of Burke County, was found dead from whatappeared to be a gunshot wound to the head early Thursday morning. (Imagecredit: MGN)

Burke County authorities are investigating a fatal shooting after a man was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head early Thursday morning.

Burke County deputies arrived to reports of a shooting at Vernon Dale’s residence at Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Morganton at around 1:20 a.m. Thursday. There they found Vernon Eugene Dale, 46, deceased from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division secured a search warrant of the mobile home and are being assisted by the NC SBI with the crime scene and investigation at this time.

There were three adults, including the deceased, and two small children at the scene at the time of the shooting.

The person who admitted shooting Dale claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is continuing.

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