Trespasser fatally shot by homeowner in Carthage

Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields provided an update on a shooting death that occurred at a home on Dowd Road in Carthage.

On May 3, at approximately 8:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a report of trespassing at a residence along Dowd Road. The caller indicated that an individual was observed taking photographs on the property and had become aggressive toward another resident outside their home.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body of 35-year-old Ramzan Daraev from Chicago, Illinois, who appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds. Daraev was found approximately 250 yards from the road, along a powerline on the residential property. Identification was not found on Daraev; however, his identity was later confirmed through family members and an international identification located in his vehicle.

Daraev was reported to have been working as a subcontractor for Utilities One, a company based in New Jersey, at the time of his death. Investigators are still working to verify his official employment status. At the time of the incident, Daraev was not in possession of any utility equipment, utility clothing, or identification, said Fields. The incident has been reported to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations was contacted concerning the incident, and they provided a translator to assist with interviews of other reported Utilities One employees.

Responding deputies located Adsalam Dzhankutov in the area of Dowd Road after the shooting. Using a translator, Dzhankutov told investigators that he and Daraev were independently conducting utility work in the Carthage area for Utilities One, said Fields.

The homeowner has been identified as a service member of the U.S. Army who resided at the location of the shooting, said Fields. All parties involved in the investigation have been cooperative.

“Investigators are diligently working to gather all relevant information prior to concluding the investigation, including autopsy reports and findings from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office,” said Fields in a press release. “Once all facts have been collected and reviewed, the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether criminal charges will be pursued. The Moore County Sheriff’s Office is committed to conducting a thorough and impartial investigation.”

Feature photo: Officials speak with Adsalam Dzhankutov on Dowd Road in Carthage on May 3 after Ramzan Daraev was fatally shot. Photo by Sandhills Sentinel reporter Daniel Gwyn. 

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