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Cops Say a North Carolina Landlord and Tenant Got into a Fight. Now, One Is Dead and the Home Burnt Down.

Landlord-Tenant Fight Ends With 1 Dead, 1 Injured and Home Fire: Cops
Source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Matias Matthew Bagby arrested after 2 people were shot during a reported landlord-tenant dispute, cops said.

Feb. 22 2024, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina man has been arrested after an alleged dispute between a landlord and tenant ended with one person dead, another injured and the home being destroyed in flames, according to authorities.

Around 11 a.m. on Feb. 19, officers responded to calls regarding shots being fired and a fire at a home in Fayetteville, according to court documents obtained by WNCN.

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At the scene, officers said they could still hear the sound of shots.

As deputies searched for the shooter, they found a deceased victim and another with life-threatening injuries. That victim was transported by helicopter to the hospital for treatment, officials said.

WRAL identified the victims as Richard Yarborough and David Matthews. Yarborough died at the scene and Matthews is currently at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

After a short foot pursuit, deputies said they found the suspect, 45-year-old Matias Matthew Bagby, and he was taken into custody.

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Once the scene was secure, the fire department was able to extinguish the fire, but the home was destroyed.

Friends of Yarborough spoke with WNCN, claiming the shooting stemmed from a landlord-tenant dispute.

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Bagby was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and breaking and entering with intent to terrorize, officials said.

He was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center and was being held without bond.


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