New Zealand Man Shot While Breaking Into Home

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Troy George Skinner
Troy George Skinner

USA –-( The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 06-22-18 and in an update here that a Goochland County, Virginia, a woman was forced to shoot a man attempting to break into her home on Steeplechase Parkway wounding him in the neck after repeatedly warning him that she was armed and was calling law enforcement.

A New Zealand man, age 25, attempted to force entry into the home through a basement door and was warned by the woman that she was calling law enforcement and that she was armed with a handgun.

He was unsuccessful entering the basement door and so went up the steps to the deck and broke the glass on a door there with a landscape stone.

After repeated warnings by the resident woman, this moron smashed the glass on the door and reached through to unlatch it. As he did so, the woman fired twice with a .22 caliber handgun.

The suspect fled the scene and fell onto the front yard of the next-door neighbor.

Upon arrival, deputies found him lying in the front yard of the residence. He was treated on scene by Goochland County Fire/ Rescue and transported to VCU Medical Center.

The suspect’s condition is currently unknown.

The Goochland Sheriff’s Office reports the wounded perp came into the United States two days earlier at Los Angeles International Airport. The man, Troy George Skinner, 25, was found with duct tape, pepper spray and a camouflage folding clip knife with a 2.75-inch blade, Sheriff James Agnew said during a news briefing at the sheriff’s office. The duct tape and the blade had been purchased from a Walmart on Friday, the day of the attack.

Agnew said investigators believe Skinner first made contact with the 14-year-old Goochland girl three to four months earlier through Discord, a voice-over-internet application that allows video gamers to communicate via their personal computer or smartphone.

He is in the custody and charges are pending.


OMG, these Yankees have actual guns!


Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

The woman has two teenage daughters who were home at the time.


So he flies into Los Angeles and a day & a half later shows up at a home in Virginia uninvited.  From the report “He initially was being treated in intensive care but Sheriff James Agnew said he believes Skinner’s condition has improved and he will survive.”  This family will likely have trouble with him again if he is released.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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  • 8 thoughts on “New Zealand Man Shot While Breaking Into Home

    1. Center of mss hits, even with 22 caliber rim fire can be deadly, that is fatal. Personally, I would much prefer a more potent caliber, but I would not willingly stand in front of a 22 caliber arm.

    2. Prolly entered on a standard three month visitor’s visa. By the time he’s healed enough to stand up and be indicted, that three months will have gone by. SO– the question the court will face is WILL we waste a ton of tax dollars trying and sentencing and warehousing this dirtbag for twenty years for stalkin,g housebreaking, sexual predationi on the 14 year old, and attempted murder, or will he simply be escorted back to EnnZed and turned over to authorities there for whatever they think he deserves? If he is deported, make certain his name is on a register of people denied entery to the US. So, as long as that girl does not travel to New Zealand, she’ll probably be safe fro THAT dirtbag, anyway.

      Now, Momma needs to teach her Darlin Baby Gurlz a thing or two about relating to men…….

      1. I’ll bet you’re solid money that the reason she has that 22 is because of her girls!

        The ages of her teen girls would strike me as being the rationale for having that 22, they can control The Recoil of that 22 and shoot it accurately, as opposed to a nine or a 38, and certainly a 10 mm.

        So that’s pretty much why she probably has that 22, so it when she’s not home her girls have a competent tool to preclude what almost happened.

    3. No he would have learned from that and will make his next attack in a parking lot somewhere. This guy will definatley attack someone again in his lifetime.

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