Intruder Held At Gunpoint by Homeowner After Shot Fired 

(Photo: WOWK TV)

A West Virginia homeowner held an intruder at gunpoint last week after the first fled with bullet wounds.

Two intruders were apprehended last Friday in Kanawha County after the homeowner discovered them on his property.

According to reports, the events occurred around 11 in the morning.

How It Happened

The incident unfolded when the victim, a homeowner residing in Cross Lanes, promptly alerted 911 upon discovering an unauthorized male on his premises.

Deputies promptly responded to the call, and upon arrival, they found a female, Taylor Danielle Edwards, being held under the vigilant watch of the victim, who was armed.

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Investigators revealed that the homeowner had stumbled upon the male intruder, 28-year-old Joshua Shiltz, while installing surveillance cameras on his property.

This raised concerns for his personal safety. In response, the homeowner retrieved a firearm, preparing to confront the trespasser. WOWK TV reports that this is when the homeowner called 911.

The homeowner came outside to find Edwards attempting to escape down the driveway.

At this moment, Shiltz startled the homeowner, causing the firearm to discharge. The round struck the ground and bullet fragments hit the fleeing intruder.

The Consequences

According to the criminal complaint filed with the Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Shiltz hastily fled the scene. Shiltz left Edwards behind, who was detained by the homeowner and held at gunpoint until the officials arrived.

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Afterward, investigators mentioned records showing that at least once in the previous week the homeowner had reported items stolen. The victim told officials that several home break-ins had led to “a large amount of his property stolen,” per WSCH TV.

Deputies located Shiltz a short distance away from the property, nursing a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to CAMC General Hospital for medical attention and is currently reported to be in stable condition.

Intruders Charged

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office announced that Shiltz and Edwards, both citizens of Cross Lanes, will be charged with breaking and entering.

Additionally, a car parked nearby was discovered by officials as belonging to Edwards. Inside was evidence related to this incident and “possibly additional crimes,” says LootPress.

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  • Hondo May 26, 2023, 6:28 am

    Most likely a couple of meth heads, sounds like homeowner is in need of some firearms training.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment May 24, 2023, 8:20 am

    dead men tell no tales!

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