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Fatal shooting in Nebo likely self-defense, deputies say

Deputies in McDowell County say a fatal shooting that happened off of Lake Lamar Loop on Thursday afternoon was likely a case of self-defense. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Deputies in McDowell County say a fatal shooting that happened in Nebo on Thursday was likely a case of self-defense.

Officers say it was reported that 71-year-old Allen Causby parked on private property off of Lake Lamar Loop on Thursday afternoon.

According to authorities, landowner Larry Gilliand smashed Causby's car window with a cane and told him to leave.

Deputies say Causby, who lives nearby, returned to the property around 6 p.m. armed with a handgun and began firing shots at the 67-year-old owner.

Gilliand returned fire and fatally shot Causby in the head.

Gilliand then called 911 to the scene.

Authorities are still investigating the incident but have not charged anyone in the case.


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