UPDATE: Police Say Two Burglars in Home Where Homeowner Shot Intruder
UPDATE: April 1, 2017, 9:45 pm. Montgomery County Police detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are investigating the events that led to a Germantown resident shooting a burglar overnight on Saturday, April 1.
According to MCPD spokesman Capt. Paul Starks, the two adult residents of 11710 Tall Pines Drive in Germantown were awoken by the sounds of someone in their house and called 911 at 2:11 am on April 1. The residents heard noises from their basement. The homeowner armed himself and proceeded down to the basement in the house and two unknown suspects in the basement of his home.
According to police, one of the suspects threatened to kill the homeowner. The homeowner discharged a firearm twice at that suspect, and apparently struck him with one of the rounds. The suspect is currently being treated at a local trauma center for life threatening injuries.
Officers from District 5-Germantown arrived and found a 19-year-old adult male suspect on the ground in the backyard of the house with an apparent gunshot wound. Police called Montgomery County Fire Rescue units who arrived and transported the intruder to a local hospital.
The description of the second suspect remains unconfirmed.
Detectives continue to investigate, and police would not release any more information about the incident until the investigation is complete.
The single-family house sits in the middle of a cul-de-sac on Tall Pines Drive in the Cedar Valley neighborhood of Germantown.
Neighbor Kippy Song lives next door to the house where the burglary and shooting took place. He said that his wife heard a loud bang in the middle of the night, but that she didn’t wake him up until she saw the lights from the police cars.
“There have been a lot of strange cars in the cul-de-sac in recent weeks, and yesterday somebody was at my door trying force entry into the house,” said Song. He said the neighborhood, where he’s been living for 20 years has changed and not for the better.”
This remains an ongoing investigation. Detectives are urging anyone with information about this event to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.