Silver Spring Man Shoots Intruder

A Montgomery County police cruiser and crime scene tape block a driveway in the Norwood area of Silver Spring, where a homeowner shot a man who entered his house while the resident was sleeping.
A Montgomery County police cruiser and crime scene tape block a driveway in the Norwood area of Silver Spring, where a homeowner shot a man who entered his house while the resident was sleeping. (By Robert A. Reeder -- The Washington Post)

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By David Snyder
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A Silver Spring homeowner shot a man who broke into his house in the Norwood area yesterday, wounding the alleged invader in the hand and side, police said.

The wounded man -- who is also a suspect in a burglary 20 minutes earlier in the same area -- was being treated at Suburban Hospital late yesterday and was expected to survive, police said.

Police said they expect to charge the injured Southeast Washington man, 43, upon his release from the hospital. They did not release his name.

The homeowner, Teion A. Kirkland of the 16200 block of Whitehaven Road, dialed 911 at 10:37 a.m. to report that a man had kicked in his door. One minute later, another person called to report a shooting in the area, said Lt. Eric Burnett, a police spokesman.

Kirkland later told police that the man knocked down the door of his house, a two-story red-brick rambler with immaculate landscaping, and that he shot the suspect inside the house after a brief verbal confrontation, police said.

Kirkland "was awakened by the crash of the door," said David Felsen, Kirkland's attorney.

Under some circumstances, police will charge burglary victims with shooting someone who invades their home. Police were interviewing Kirkland to determine the sequence of events yesterday, and Felsen said Kirkland was "fully cooperating."

For a shooting to be considered legal, "an individual must first be in fear of loss of life or serious personal injury," police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said.

Kirkland "is clearly a victim who acted well within the bounds of the law," Felsen said. He said Kirkland, who is married and has children, is "devastated" by yesterday's events.

His gun is legal and properly registered, Baur said.

After being shot, the burglary suspect made his way to his red Tracker and drove away, Baur said.

Police took him into custody minutes later, after he drove the SUV off Layhill Road about a half mile from the shooting scene. He was flown by helicopter to Suburban Hospital, Burnett said.


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