Alleged intruders greeted with gun Catonsville resident fires shot

woman hurt

August 23, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Two women allegedly breaking into a Catonsville home were surprised yesterday afternoon to find someone home -- and holding a gun on them.

Harry Korrell, 59, said he fired one shot into the dirt to scare the two away during the 2 p.m. incident -- a shot that apparently wounded one of them.

"These people didn't quite know what to do when they saw me standing here," he said, standing at the side door of his home in the 100 block of Melvin Ave.

"I followed them off the porch and suddenly they stalled near one of the big bushes. And that's when I thought that I was being ambushed and that the big guys were hiding in the bushes. So I fired one shot into the dirt to get them moving."

Police, who arrived shortly after Korrell's phone call, said one woman was hit in her leg and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. They were looking for a second suspect last night. The injured woman's name was not immediately available.

"I had no intention of hitting that woman," said Korrell, a retired Navy captain. "I just wanted to make them leave, and they were not moving quick enough."

Neighbor Henry Feild, 11, said he saw the women trying to run east on Edmondson Avenue. "One of them was kind of limping, and the other was running ahead of her," he said. "I thought they were playing a game of tag."

Korrell said he was on the second floor of his white Victorian house when he heard the side screen door open and banging noises. He said he thought it might be a family member and looked out of the window, but did not see a car in the driveway.

He went downstairs with his gun and by then, he said, "The door was shaking."

When the steel door flew open, he said, he was face to face with the women, who appeared to have been using a pry bar and had broken the dead-bolt lock.

"It was like they didn't know what to do next, whether they should run or wait for something else to happen," he said.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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