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Police: Man fatally shot daughter’s boyfriend during assault

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Thomasville police say a man fatally shot his daughter’s boyfriend while he was assaulting her, but the shooting was ruled to be an act of defense.

The shooting was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at 211 Pine St.

Police say David Rayvon Braswell, 38, was found dead at the address.

According to police, an investigation revealed Braswell was physically assaulting his girlfriend when 56-year-old Clifton Gregory Dennis — the girlfriend’s father — shot Braswell with a .22 rifle.

Detectives and the District Attorney’s Office determined Dennis’ actions were “justified as self-defense or the defense of others,” police said.

No charges are being filed in Braswell’s death, however Dennis was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say Dennis was placed in the Davidson County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond in connection with the charge.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety website, Dennis’ felony status dates back to 1987 when he was charged with hiring with intent to defraud and receiving stolen goods.

In 2004, Dennis was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of schedule II substances and felony possession of schedule VI substances.

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