Hotel manager wont be charged in Oak Island shooting

first_img According to the district attorney’s office, after an investigation the department determined that Thomas Everette Craddock will not be charged for the death of Michael Christopher Auvil.They say evidence shows that Craddock was legally justified in using deadly force and add that impairment may have been a contributing cause of the Auvil’s actions.Oak Island Police responded to the Driftwood Motel around 11:00 p.m. that Saturday.Related Article: Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Raleigh identifiedCraddock had called 911 to report a disturbance on the motel property.The officers arrived on scene to find Craddock lying on his back in front of the motel  grounds with Auvil lying across his legs.Auvil had been shot in the head and Craddock had visible lacerations on his face.Eye-witness told officials that Auvil had been in an altercation with a Driftwood Motel employee earlier in the day.Craddock was informed of this initial altercation and arrived at the Motel soon thereafter.Upon seeing Auvil enter his vehicle, which was parked at an adjoining beach access, Craddock stood behind Auvil’s vehicle and called 911, reporting the vehicle’s license plate number to the 911 operator.At that time, Auvil got of his vehicle and, with a knife in hand, aggressively approached Craddock, causing Craddock to retreat towards the motel property.While Craddock backpedaled, Auvil struck Craddock in the face with the knife, causinga laceration to Craddock’s face. As Auvil continued to move forward, Craddock, who was lawfully armed with a 9mm handgun, defended himself by shooting Auvil.A filet knife and sheath were located at the scene. The North Carolina State crime lab located Auvil’s DNA on the knife handle and sheath.The investigation further revealed that Auvil had been drinking heavily earlier that day and an autopsy confirmed that his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.District Attorney Jon David, members of his staff, and a detective from the Oak Island Police Department recently met with Auvil’s family to discuss the decision not to pursue charges in this case.While the initial contact took place off the motel property and Thomas Craddock could have called the police without approaching Auvil’s vehicle, the state cannot prove that Craddock was not acting self-defense when he shot Auvil. Shooting in Oak Island on July 23, 2017 (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A hotel manager will not face charges in the deadly shooting that happened last summer at the Driftwood Motel in Oak Island.The shooting happened on July 22, 2017.- Advertisement – last_img