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Intruder emerges from woods, jumps over gate, repeatedly kicks door after family retreats inside home. Then homeowner grabs gun and ends threat.


A Virginia homeowner fatally shot a man who jumped a gate at his residence and tried to kick in a door after the family retreated inside Monday afternoon.

What are the details?

“The family had spotted the individual coming out of the woods behind the home, and the family had gone inside the home, and this person came onto the deck and began kicking the door,” Maj. Ron Montgomery of the York-Poquoson sheriff's office told WAVY-TV in regard to the scary 5 p.m. encounter

The sheriff's office said the family locked the door after retreating inside their home in the 300 block of Corvette Drive in Williamsburg, which is about an hour southeast of Richmond.

Montgomery told WAVY the intruder didn’t have a weapon but tried multiple times to get inside, adding that the homeowner’s goal was was to protect his family.

“That was his big concern,” Montgomery added to the station. “The door had been locked, and when he started kicking the door to make entry into the house."

He told WAVY that’s when the homeowner shot the intruder.

What happened next?

The sheriff's office got a call about a breaking and entering and that a person had been shot. Upon arriving at the home, deputies found an adult male who had been shot by the homeowner.

WAVY said the man’s body was found on the back deck.

The sheriff's office said it has tentatively identified the man but hadn't yet been able to notify his next of kin.

Investigators told the station no one has been charged.

“This is very abnormal for this neighborhood,” Montgomery added to WAVY. “It’s a quiet neighborhood.”

Anything else?

Montgomery told the station that York County's residents should be vigilant.

“If you have someone who’s trespassing on your property that you’re concerned about, I would encourage you to dial 911 immediately,” he added to WAVY. “Nationally, we are seeing a lot more handgun violence and a lot more of these situations where burglaries or larcenies are occurring, so I think nationally that is a trend, and what we’ve learned here in York County, although we have a very low crime rate, that doesn’t mean we are going to be immune from these types of crimes.”

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