Man Shot in Domestic Dispute, No Charges Filed Against Shooter


A man is in serious condition after his mother shot him twice during a domestic altercation last night at their home in the Sea Gate subdivision. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. No charges have been filed.

Brian Rippy, 36, was transported to Carteret Health Care before being flown to Vidant Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound to the head and one to the torso.

Brian’s mother, Patrice Rippy, 64, told authorities that she feared for her life and the lives of other family members when she shot her son. Brian was unarmed at the time of the shooting.


The home is known by the Sheriff’s Office for its history of domestic violence calls.

Authorities said in a press release Monday morning that Brian had left the home earlier in the day after a domestic altercation but had returned before the shooting took place.

Brian, “allegedly in a rage,” according to the Sheriff’s Office, threw a trashcan and charged at Patrice, who fired six rounds as he ran towards her.

Patrice and other witnesses have fully cooperated with Sheriff’s detectives. Any criminal charges will be determined by the District Attorney’s office at the completion of the investigation.