No details have yet been offered, but Lincolnton Police confirm they are investigating a Saturday (Dec. 4th) incident (#21LP02499) described as a first degree burglary and homicide.
At approximately 9 o'clock Saturday night, police were called to a disturbance at Colonial Village Drive where they found 26-year-old Joey Dean Smith, who lived at 525 W. Pine St., had been shot. Police said "life saving measures were not successful and Smith was declared dead at the scene."
A news release calls this 'an active and ongoing investigation,' adding that Lincolnton Police are working with the District Attorney's office to determine what charges may follow.
Anyone who has information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Detective Hunsucker or Detective Propst with the Lincolnton Police Department 704-736-8900 or Lincoln County CrimeStoppers at 704-736-8909.