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Posted at 4:23 AM ET, 02/11/2011

1 dead in apparent botched home invasion

By Denny McAuliffe


A botched robbery at a Sterling home that left one man dead and another critically wounded was not a random crime, Crime Scene reports.

"We do feel very confident that it was targeted rather than random," said Loudoun County Sheriff Steven O. Simpson.

Two men burst into the residence in the 1200 block of East Kennedy Road around 8:30 p.m. and assaulted a man who lived there, authorities said.

Both of the alleged robbers were shot by the man who lived in the house, he said.

Check out Crime Scene for more details.

1 dead in apparent botched home invasion
4:23 a.m.

A 28-year-old Loudoun man was shot and killed Thursday night and another man was critically wounded during what police said could be a botched home invasion robbery in Sterling, Loudoun Sheriff's officials said.

Investigators were told by people inside a home that both shooting victims were part of a group of intruders who burst into the residence in the 1200 block of East Kennedy Road at about 8:30 p.m., officials said.

Witnesses at the home told responding deputies that the two men attempted to rob them.

One of the robbers was reportedly shot and still in the residence while the other had fled.

Deputies found a man shot in the home and he was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

A second wounded man was driven to the same hospital in a private vehicle. That 32-year-old victim was later transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital, in critical condition.

Police recovered the vehicle used to transport the second man, but the driver has not been identified, officials said.

Authorities said both victims had been identified, but they did not release their names.

--Clarence Williams

By Denny McAuliffe  | February 11, 2011; 4:23 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Posted by: paullally1 | February 11, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

That's one for the good guys! "F" the crooks!
Everyone has the right to protect their home, their family, and themselves!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | February 11, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

That's one for the good guys! "F" the crooks!
Everyone has the right to protect their home, their family, and themselves!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | February 11, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow...I'm shocked the Post buried the headline in the local section. I guess when people use guns to defend themselves it's actually not newsworthy.

C'mon WaPo, you can find SOMETHING to go after the homeownerwith! Maybe he had an extended "clip" that you can demonize him with.


Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | February 11, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"Two Thugs Shot, Stopped During Home Invasion"

I suppose running a proper headline on the story wasn't even up for consideration. And of course it isn't going to get a big play on the front page at the WaPo. And the constant references to the thugs as "victims"..? Too precious!

Ben (Bradley) where are you when we need a bit of truth-in-packaging and truth-in-content at the WaPo?

Posted by: srb2 | February 11, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

This person should be glad they don't live in MD. He would have been taken to jail for attempting to defend his home and life......

Posted by: jeffreid2 | February 11, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Good job. Too bad the second one lived.

Posted by: tc556guy | February 11, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I guess the lesson here is if you're going to do a home invasion robbery make sure its one without a gun and an owner willing to use it.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 11, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Hoping to generate some serious ideas or discussions here because this is something I don't understand.
Lately I've read the biased and erroneous stories the Post has written about gun control and the danger of crime and guns in the D.C. metro area.
My question is this, why is it the Washington Post has adopted this hostile stance on gun ownership? Or am I wrong?

This is coming from a military veteran with a dozen guns and a staunch belief that it's my constitutional right to defend myself, my family and my property.

Posted by: ajiordano | February 11, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

not so fast intrepid commenters -- the people in the house were drug dealers and the "home invaders" were from the neighborhood watch.

Posted by: joeblow111 | February 11, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The thug comes into the people's home, gets shot and he's a "victim"? What is he a victim of in this situation? I know, his own stupidity and arrogance. yes, if the true victim-the homeowner- had lived in Maryland, he would be charged and prosecuted severely. MD is one of those states where if they break in and hurt themselves while robbing you, they'll have a hundred leech attorneys suing you. It would be best to leave out a tarp and a set of surgical tools with a sign: THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING YOUR ORGANS FOR DONATION.

Posted by: stopthemadness | February 11, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

You make a valid point. However, as a rule, the WaPo is and has always been a liberal news source.
As seems to be typical of most liberal political leaning news sources they demonize the weapons instead of the people who misuse them.
Its ALWAYS the gun's responsible for the shootings and never the criminal actually doing the shooting. Also typical of liberal political leaning news sources no one is actually responsible for their own actions. Criminals grew up without a daddy, went to a bad school, was poor, etc. So it really isn't their fault they've chosen to steal, murder, rape. Its society's fault for letting them be poor blah blah blah...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 11, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

a home invasion robbery at 8:30 pm?
that makes no sense to me.
If someone wanted to rob a house, you would do it in the middle of the night, like around 3 am when everyone was asleep so you'd have the element of surprize on your side.
A "home invasion" at 8:30 pm might more likely be a robbery of an illegal poker game or drug deal gone bad or someone trying to collect a debt.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 11, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson: That's the same thing I was thinking. I think there might be more to the story...

Posted by: Irato | February 11, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 11, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The things people will do to avoid working for a living.

You want to keep an arsenal in your home. Fine. I got no problem with that. I won't drop by your house at 3am.

Do you want to walk around the streets & sit in bars/restaurants/coffee houses, etc with your weapon? Hmm... I got a problem with that even if the gun is licensed & registered.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 11, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh where o where are all you gun haters? Hey gun haters! Did you see THIS STORY?? A GUN WAS USED TO KILL A HOME INVADER IN VIRGINIA! HEY CRIMINALS...head back to Maryland or DC where you won't get shot by the residents; much easier to grab the loot and flee when there isn't hot lead in your backside.

Posted by: civilrightist | February 11, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ajiordano
My question is this, why is it the Washington Post has adopted this hostile stance on gun ownership? Or am I wrong?


That is nothing new in the WaPo. You must not be from around here.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 11, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The home "protector" is now subject to retribution from relatives or friends of the invaders.

Let's hope the next burglars get him and his family members first.

And maybe some of you gun- and bible-nut-racists, too!

Posted by: slipuvalad | February 11, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea whether this home was "targeted rather than random" because it was a gay couple (2 single guys living together) or a couple of thug dealers. Neither do you reactionaries who have pronounced justice done. Would it make a difference? How 'bout if it was a shootout in your neighborhood bar? All you vigilantes who pronounce justice and ask questions later are the ones who scare me. Yeah, you do Virgina proud.

Posted by: pato_md | February 11, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I live next to this home and I saw everything people make comments of things that they don't know. I hope my neighbor is ok because he was the one how was arrested by the police last night.

Posted by: 12345614 | February 11, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm with TaxiDriver on this one.

By all means, celebrate your Second Amendment Rights and own weapons. But it's like smoking. Your rights do not extend to the point where your engaging in them endangers me.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 11, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

joeblow111 I actually know the people involved in all of this and the home invaders were NOT from the neighborhood watch. As for the time in which this happened of course it had to be some what planned. One of the men was from Manassas i doubt he was driving around the streets sterling and just happened to pick that house to rob. As for the shooter he had every right in the world to shoot the invaders he was protecting himself, family, friends and his home.

Posted by: FoeverMom | February 12, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are so insensitive. As if the family of the dead guy is not going through enough heartache. For all you guys know the people who lived in the house could be lying about what actually happened I mean there is no one to contradict his story one is dead one is still un able to speak and one is missing so the only people left is the shooter and his friends of course they are going to back him up. None of us were there so maybe we should wait until the whole story comes out before we make judgement.

Posted by: Concerned71 | February 12, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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