Virginia Homeowner Shoots and Kills Attacker in Self-Defense

U.S.A. –-( Crime happens everywhere. It was near sundown on a weekday night when a homeowner in Fairfax, Virginia was at home. With him were two other adults and two children. The homeowner noticed a stranger walking on his property. This is an upscale neighborhood filled with large and widely separated two-story homes. It takes several minutes to walk from one house to the next through the heavily forested neighborhood.

The homeowner went outside and asked the stranger to leave his property. The stranger argued with the homeowner. The stranger then attacked the homeowner with a stick. The homeowner retreated towards his home. The attacker tackled the homeowner from behind, though news reports are unclear if that was near the home or inside it. The homeowner shook himself free and ran to retrieve his firearm. The homeowner returned to the center of his home and saw the stranger inside his home.

The attacker had a large landscape rock in his hands and he was advancing toward the homeowner. The homeowner shot him. The attacker stopped advancing and the defender stopped shooting. The defender checked on his family and called 911 to ask for help. The defender put his gun away. The police tried to revive the attacker. Emergency Medical Services pronounce the attacker dead at the scene.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The other occupants in the home, the homeowner’s wife, two children, and another adult, were not physically injured.

Police identified the attacker as a 24-year-old who lived about 10 miles away. Two other individuals in the area called the police that afternoon to report the stranger acting erratically. The stranger refused to talk to the police and walked away from them. The defender and the attacker did not know each other.

The armed defender was not charged with a crime.

This story is one of many that goes underreported by the mainstream media because it shows a positive image of a law-abiding gun owner using that tool to defend their life and family. It is our responsibility at AmmoLand to report these stories to you the reader. While we will continue to report these stories, groups like the Crime Prevention Research Center, led by Dr. John Lott, are fastidious in studying the use of firearms for self-defense. Stay up to date with all news on self-defense by following CPRC and Ammoland.

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 “The attacker tackled the homeowner from behind, though news reports are unclear if that was near the home or inside it. The homeowner shook himself free and ran to retrieve his firearm.”

Yet another reason to never leave home without it.




Certainly not if you’re going to confront a trespasser.


He pulled a stupid move didn’t he. The first thing I always think in a situation like that is, do they have a gun. Stupid is as stupid does.


Depends on neighborhood and backup. Confronting someone, gun in hand can ruin neighborly vibe. As long as you’ve got trustworthy overwatch, hidden but with good coverage – you can approach in a friendly posture knowing they’ll drop dead if they attack.

None of my family is interested in learning to shoot, so I’d be wearing a pistol or even holding a long arm.


I’d have my pistol holstered, but I’d also know my wife would be on overwatch. She’s tough and a good shot. I know I can depend on her to act if the need arises..


I should add here that I never leave home without it, trespasser or not. Sometimes I leave the American Express card, but never the Kahr, unless I’m going somewhere like court, which has metal detectors and don’t want to leave it unattended.


I never confront a stranger on my property or in public (panhandlers in large store parking lots/gas stations etc) without having my firearm available (not necessarily visible if off my property).


Fairfax damn it’s a wonder the shooter isn’t sharing a cell with the Jan 6ers.


He probably would in kommiefornia for excessive force.

Desert Guy

Virginia makes California look conservative…

Rebel VA



Big time fallacy. California is another planet in terms of political leftism. Aliens have landed here and set up colonies – they established their earthbound HQs in LA, San Fran, NYC, Portland, Seattle and are attempting to colonize in Houston and New Orleans. Somehow they were able to swim their way through the Great Lakes and ended in Chicago as well.


Never bring a rock to a gunfight!


Acting erratically and armed with a rock . . . sounds like the perp was stoned. (Hey, somebody had to say it!)


They didn’t say if it was the type of rock that you smoke or not. Maybe he was looking for a buddy to get high with. Obviously, he didn’t want to get stoned with the cops.


“Pants on, gun on” words to live by.


This must have happened within earshot of the headquarters of the NRA, judging by the address.


I don’t set foot outside my house without a gun. Period. Even just taking the trash out. That one time you aren’t armed is the time something will happen.