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STORE OWNER SAYS MEN HE SHOT GOT JUST DESSERTS

STORE OWNER SAYS MEN HE SHOT GOT JUST DESSERTS

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Sammy Callahan was taught as a small boy never to take anything that didn't belong to him. That principle was passed on to two men who tried to rob his store, authorities said.

Callahan, who owns Alamac Grocery and Grill, was standing guard at the store when the break-in occurred. Billy Ray Oxendine, about 22, was listed in fair condition at Southeastern General Hospital with a gunshot wound. Timmy Jacobs, 18, was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to his arm and released. Both are from Pembroke.Callahan, 37, won't be charged because he was protecting his property, said Lum Edwards, chief deputy of the Robeson County Sheriff's Department.

``He was protecting his property. ... He thought they had a weapon,' the deputy said. ``We don't know if they did or not because when they ran they dropped everything.'

Jacobs was charged with breaking, entering and larceny, Edwards said, and Oxendine had not been charged.

Callahan said he doesn't believe he took the law into his own hands.

``I was just protecting what belongs to me,' Callahan said.

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