89-year-old man accused of shooting, killing tenant over air conditioner

Calvin Anderson Ray Sr. was questioned in the shooting death of Jeffrey Mitchell.

Calvin Anderson Ray Sr. was questioned in the shooting death of Jeffrey Mitchell.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — An 89-year-old man says he shot and killed his tenant over what he says started over a fight about a busted air conditioner.

Deputies responded to a shooting around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Jordan Lane in Wake Forest.

They found 47-year-old Jeff Mitchell dead and the man behind the trigger, 89-year-old Calvin Ray, Sr, WTVD reported.

“It was something I had to do to protect my own life,” said Ray.

He says his tenant of one year, Mitchell had complained Friday about his air conditioner breaking down. Ray says he sent over a repairman on Saturday but had heard Mitchell and the repairman argued.

Ray said Mitchell came up to his house angry, so he went to get his gun to defend himself.

“I’m almost 90 years old and I don’t have much strength, I can’t do much to defend myself,” said Ray, “He kicked the damn thing in and when he did he started toward me, that’s when I shot him. He backed up and fell on the floor.”

Ray says even though Mitchell had threatened to kill him twice before, he describes him as a good tenant and a hard working father — and that he is sorry this happened.

While Ray claims self-defense, the Wake County Sheriff’s Department has yet to confirm that.

Under North Carolina’s ‘Castle Doctrine’, if the shooting happened how Ray says it happened, then he would have had the right to use deadly force. Police are continuing to  investigate.

Source: WTVD

13 comments

  • TheTruth

    Yes Michele he did have to shoot!! if it happened like he said, hes almost 90 years old and couldn’t fight the guy. if the guy kicked his door in he wasn’t coming in to talk!!! Anybody has the guts to kick in my door hes SHOT!!!

  • Umm...Yeah, right.

    Ray says his life was threatened three times in the last twelve months by Mitchell, yet he still kept him as a tenant? I hope this horrible tragedy is fully investigated. I feel for Mitchell’s son and what he had to witness.

  • looky

    The damage to the old man’s front door says it all. Lose control enough to kick in someone’s front door and your life is in jeopardy. Very sad that this kid had to witness this, but that’s the dad’s fault as well.

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