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Intruder shot, killed in Forestville home

Matt Zapotosky

A male apparently trying to rob an apartment in the Forestville area of Prince George’s County Monday morning was shot and killed by someone inside the home, authorities said.

The incident started about 9 a.m., when police were called to the 4400 block of Rena Road for a reported home invasion-robbery, said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Gunfire had already erupted by the time officers arrived, Rodriguez said, and “the actual suspect was shot and died."

It remains unclear exactly who fired the shots and whether that person was a guest, the homeowner or even another intruder, Rodriguez said.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  June 28, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
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Awesome; Gun rights at their finest! All the gun grabbing idiots should take note!

Posted by: civilrightist | June 28, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

For the homeowner's sake, I hope it was another intruder. If not, then, knowing Maryland, the poor guy will probably get prosecuted for manslaughter.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | June 28, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Wash Post for a FEEL GOOD news story, with a happy ending.

To bad that they all can't end this way.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | June 28, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious civilrightist? A homeowner defending his life and property shot and killed a criminal trying to rob him (and God knows what else) and you're sadened by it? Put yourself in the homeowner's position for just one minute before making an idiotic post.

Posted by: wotan1066 | June 28, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Defending your home does not equal manslaughter. Home is sacred ground for all those who call it "Home".

Posted by: ericroks | June 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Mr. Homeowner. Hopefully the SOB didn't bleed on your carpet because if he did, you should have shot him a second time!!!!

Posted by: osmith98 | June 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The only bad thing about this is that the deceased will not be able to pay for the blood on the carpets.

Posted by: thebossman | June 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

wotan1066: What post are you reading?

Posted by: gpl2411 | June 28, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It will be very interesting to see how today's Supreme Court decision regarding gun rights will play out in this situation. Maryland is notoriously anti-gun, and I would hate to see the homeowner be punished for defending himself. Would-be burglers, take note...

Posted by: Orsalia | June 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Maryland passed a Castle Bill this year and homeowners have the right to defend themselves in their homes against intruders. It was about time.

Posted by: RazorGirl | June 28, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

If this had played out in DC the H/O would be in jail! We should have the right to defend our homes. I live near the line w / DC and I know it takes PG a while to show up if it isn't black male w/ a gun. Responsible gunowners should not be penalized when we exercize that right.

I'd rather have mine and not need it than need it and not have it.

Posted by: skipfrmdc | June 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Not every state adheres to the castle doctrine. Maryland, being a keft-leaning liberal state may well have revised statutes requiring the home owner retreat. A shame, but true.

Posted by: madmike272 | June 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse



Now watch his family sue for damages.

I bet they'll be looking for a 'come up' off this some kinda way. They'll sue the shooter, the police, the city of Forestville, etc. They will want to get some cash out of this.

And, it's more than likely that he didn't have renter's insurance and have his firearm covered under the policy so now that puts his Apartment on the line which could mean he'll lose his crib and be put out in the street.

See, these losers are the 'gift that keeps on giving' just in a bad way. We wish it would be 'bad guy gets what's coming to him', end of story, but it's not always that way. This could end up costing the shooter more than he could have ever imagined. It's hard enough dealing with the fact you killed someone, even in defense of your life.

Now the fallout could be even worse.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't have to worry about him anymore!

Posted by: ceefer66 | June 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Every state allows homeowners to protect themseleves while in their homes. Most say unless the intruder is moving AWAY from you, you have the right to use deadly force.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 28, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

One down...How many more to go!!!!!

Posted by: dollenaharris | June 28, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

One down...How many more to go!!!!!

Posted by: dollenaharris | June 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear this. I hope this deters other criminals from trying the same thing.

Posted by: brandip_77 | June 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Since it was apparently a real burglary in progress, this shows responsible gun ownership and use. I don't own a gun and have never shot one (except a squirt gun), but if I felt the need to have one, I would get training and find out exactly what I can legally own in my jurisdiction.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 28, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I think you all should reserve judgment on the legitimacy of the gun possession in this case until all of the facts are in. A "home invasion" in an apartment in Forestville? There's definitely more than meets the eye on this one.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | June 28, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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