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DA considering charges after fatal Franklin County shooting

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YOUNGSVILLE — A 34-year-old man was shot and killed by another man during an altercation earlier this month, Franklin County authorities said.

No charges have been filed as of Tuesday, although the case is under review by the district attorney's office.

The shooting happened just before midnight Nov. 8, according to Terry Wright, chief of staff at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, Richard Knott, had gone to a home in the 1200 block of Bethlehem Church Road in Youngsville earlier that day to meet a woman about selling his vehicle, Wright said.

"There's some disagreement. He leaves," Wright said. "After she leaves she calls some friends, I believe an ex-boyfriend, as I understand it, and was telling them about the dispute."

The ex-boyfriend, Daniel Manchester, 22, later arrived at the home. Knott also returned to the home, this time with a handgun attached to his waist, Wright said.

"A confrontation ensues," Wright said. "A fight breaks out. He's fighting with one of the individuals, handgun falls out from his waist out on the floor."

Manchester picked up the gun and began shooting Knott, Wright said. Knott, who lives in the Franklin County area of Zebulon, was taken to WakeMed hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

Wright said the incident remains under investigation. Manchester has been interviewed by detectives multiple times.

After conferring with the district attorney's office, officials decided to gather all information before filing any charges, Wright said.

"The district attorney will make a determination of what charges are filed if any are filed," Wright said.