65-year-old Al Dastmalchi, of Wilmington, North Carolina heard the sound of glass breaking at his front door. He grabbed a handgun and went to investigate. He told police that he saw "someone lunging at him with a spiked object in his hand" so he fired his gun.
After firing his gun Dastmalchi turned the front porch light on.
It was then he discovered that he had shot his 63-year-old brother, George.
George was shot in the chest and later died at the hospital.
According to police, they had been called to the home earlier in the evening for a domestic disturbance. George was taken to the hospital for "severe intoxication" but was later released.
Police noted that under North Carolina's Stand Your Ground/Shoot First law, people are allowed to use deadly force if they feel their lives are being threatened on their own property. There is nothing in the law that requires you to verify your target (turn on the front porch light) before shooting.
No charges have been filed.