No charges in NC crossbow death


ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – No charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed his neighbor with a crossbow according to North Carolina’s Onslow County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Ernie Lee says Antonio Eaton-DeRosa, 20, acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Frank Tate, Jr. at a mobile home park in the Rhodestown area on September 22.

Eaton-DeRosa told authorities Tate was threatening him, so he shot him to protect himself. He called 911 afterward and said it was an accident.

Lee says Eaton-DeRosa told investigators that as Tate was coming toward him in a threatening manner, he was backing up and turning around when he accidentally shot the crossbow, hitting Tate in the side.

Sheriff’s detectives interviewed 13 people, including two witnesses. 

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