Cawtawba County Teen Stops Group of Men from Robbing Him Thanks to His AR-15

North Carolina AR-15 Shooting

The AR-15 is being vilified now more than ever, but if the gun grabbers would actually listen to stories like this one, they might just see how useful a life-saving tool the rifle is.

This incident occurred back on February 7th on Startown Road near the Catawba-Lincoln County line. According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department, three young men, Shane Cauthen, Dylan Lee Gates, and Cory Aaron Ingram went onto a property with the intent to rob a 17-year-old who lived at the address. It is not known exactly what the three were looking for. What is known is what they did find. The 17-year-old waiting for them with his AR-15.

At least one of the three criminals were armed with a gun of their own and thought they would attempt to frighten the 17-year-old by firing a shot in his direction. This was not their best idea because it only emboldened the teen to begin to fight for his life.

A shootout then commenced between the young men, during which Shane Cauthen was shot 4 times. The wounds proved to be fatal. And the action of the shooting caused Dylan Lee Gates and Cory Aaron Ingram to surrender in hopes they were not next.

Following this, the police and emergency crews showed up and Dylan and Cory were taken to jail where they were charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

As for the defensive shooter, police will not be filing charges for his defense of his own life. But in an odd turn of events, the family of Shane Cauthen went to the home of the man who shot and killed Shane the following day. It is not known what they were planning to do there, but whatever it was did not happen anyway because they were met by the stone faced brother of the 17-year-old holding an AR-15. Cauthen’s family left the property immediately.

So what do you think of this story? Do you think an AR-15 is a life-saving tool or just an assault rifle needing regulation? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. D. Sloop on March 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Where is Cawtawba County, exactly?

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Typo on our end. Should read “Catawba” County. Newton and Hickory NC are in Catawba county.

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