A 63-year-old Port Tobacco man shot a 35-year-old female neighbor in the leg after she tried to force her way into his home during an argument Tuesday, according to the Charles County sheriff's office.
The man, who lives in the 7600 block of Burch Road, shot the woman once after calling police to report a "breaking and entering" in progress, according to the sheriff's office, which did not identify either person.
The woman, who lives in another house on the man's property, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where she was in stable condition.
The man and woman had been arguing outside his home, according to police, when the man tried to go inside his house. The woman followed, threatened the man, and then tried to force her way into his house. The man then shot her with a .22-caliber rifle, police said.
Detectives were investigating the incident in connection with an arson attempt at the same address eight hours before the shooting, said sheriff's spokesman Craig Renner.
In the earlier incident, an unidentified woman had argued with a 40-year-old woman who lives in a third house on the property, about 50 yards from the other two, then poured gasoline around the 40-year-old's house and the 63-year-old man's house. The woman then announced she was going to burn both residences down but left before police arrived, according to the police report.