Homeowner shoots and kills intruder armed with ‘large rock’, police calls it 'self defence'
Police said the incident took place after the homeowner got into a dispute with another man outside his Oakton home
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA: A northern Virginia homeowner fatally shot and killed an intruder on Wednesday, November 09 after he broke into the residence with a ‘large landscape rock’ according to Fairfax County police.
Fairfax County Police officers responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 11400 block of Waples Mill Road in Oakton, Virginia after 6 pm. Police said the incident took place when a homeowner, whose identity has not been confirmed, was embroiled in a dispute with another man outside his Oakton home.
The scuffle soon escalated to the point where the homeowner went inside the house to retrieve a gun. A short time later, the other man broke into the residence with what police described as a "large landscaping rock.” The homeowner then shot and killed the intruder before calling 911, the police said.
Officers are on scene of a fatal shooting at a home in the 11400 blk of Waples Mill Rd, Oakton. Man pronounced dead at the scene. All parties are accounted for & there is no apparent ongoing threat to the community. Detectives and a PIO are responding to the scene. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/joSLFTFsgw— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) November 9, 2022
The officials soon arrived at the shooting scene and found the intruder dead upon their arrival. The homeowner was also taken to the nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officials said apart from the homeowner, his wife, and another adult, along with the homeowner’s two children, were at home when the shooting took place. Thankfully, no one else was hurt during the shooting. The investigators are still working to confirm who the intruder is, describing him as a "young adult."
The investigators are investigating the incident as a self-defense shooting. They said at this point nothing indicates that the two men knew each other. "Hopefully, when we can positively identify this individual, we can maybe start putting some puzzle pieces together," said Second Lieutenant James Curry with the Fairfax County Police. "Again, preliminarily, we don't have any reason to believe there was any connection between the homeowner and this man." Police said they did receive a call for a strange man in the neighborhood earlier in the day and now they are trying to determine if it was the same man who was shot.
The officers are currently interviewing the neighbors and trying to retrieve any footage of the horrific incident. However, the fatal shooting has left the neighbors shocked. Talking about the incident, Chip Muyers said that the community "tends to be very calm and quiet," adding that, "the excitement last night was something a little different." Muyers told Fox5, "We’ve lived here since 2005. This was only six houses and a cul-de-sac for a while – they built some more, but just very neighborly, very friendly people know each other. You go for walks with your dogs up and down the street so last night was pretty surprising." The fatal shooting remains an active investigation as detectives are still working to piece together how and why this happened.