Anne Arundel County woman kills one of two armed intruders in her home

January 29, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police were investigating yesterday a late-night incident in which a woman fatally shot one of two intruders who she said came in through her unlocked front door on Fox Court in Pasadena.

The 26-year-old woman, who is not being identified because authorities fear for her safety, told police that the pair confronted her just after midnight yesterday in her bedroom and demanded cash and jewelry. Both were armed, she told police.

"Detectives do not believe this is a random incident," police spokesman Officer Charles Ravenell said of the incident.

When the intruders demanded her valuables, the woman grabbed a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun from her dresser and shot one of the men several times in the chest, police said.

That man, who is not being identified pending an autopsy, died at the scene, police said. The second man fled. Police were searching for him yesterday evening.

Neighbors said a police helicopter hovered above their homes in the early morning hours. Detectives recovered a second handgun from the house, police said.

The woman was not injured, police said, and has not been charged with any crime. The state's attorney's office will decide whether to file charges against her, Ravenell said.

"Preliminarily, it does appear that her life was in jeopardy and that she was defending it," he said, adding that police advise residents to avoid inflaming a criminal situation if possible.

Police said the 26-year-old was alone at the time of the incident, but neighbors said they believe as many as five people, including her husband, have been living there.

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