Virginia Homeowner Defends Family, Fatally Shoots Intruder Who Attacked with ‘Landscaping Rock’

Fox5 Reports on the events of November 9

A young man was fatally shot earlier this month after attacking a homeowner with landscaping materials. 

Police in Oakton, Virginia, say they received several calls reporting suspicious behavior concerning 24-year-old Eduardo Santos one Wednesday afternoon, all coming from a friendly, “safe” cul-de-sac on Waples Mill Road.

While no crimes were committed the first few times police visited, the third time officers responded to reports of gunfire.

Police arrived at the scene at 6:08 pm and witnessed a surprising series of events. The homeowner had noticed Santos in his yard and asked him to leave his property. That’s when Santos came after him with a stick.

According to Fox5 News, the homeowner had attempted to get inside but was “tackled by Santos and injured in the fall.”

Managing to retreat to his house, the homeowner grabbed his firearm. Santos followed him in, carrying what the police are calling a “landscaping rock.”

Fearing for his safety and the safety of his family, the homeowner shot at Santos and then called 911. 

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Once EMS personnel arrived, the homeowner was taken to a hospital to be treated, and Santos was pronounced dead. 

Reports indicate that the situation is still under investigation, but police stated that there appeared to be no reason for the altercation. Detectives say that the men didn’t appear to know one other and that no other factors seem to be in play. 

Detectives do not believe that Santos had any relationship with the other people in the house. They identified the homeowner’s wife, two young children, and one other adult as the individuals who were in the house during the deadly encounter. 

Authorities have ruled this a self-defense shooting on the part of the homeowner, according to the Fairfax County Police Dept. News. He was very lucky that he had a firearm and the law on his side so that he could defend his family that night. 

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About the author: Kimber Pearce is a student, an avid shooter, and a pro-2A advocate.

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  • Ron November 28, 2022, 9:41 pm

    The Militia were the citizens of this country at that time there was no standing army.
    Furthermore all the original Ammendments protected the individual. The wording The Right of The People To keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed. It doesn’t get any plainer than that. Nicholas..are you trying to say that the 2nd amendment does not apply to the individual when all the other Ammendments do? History will not accept this argument.

  • paul I'll call you what I want 1st Amendment November 25, 2022, 12:54 pm

    Rock vs. Glock heh-heh

  • Ronnie Maeker November 25, 2022, 12:01 pm

    When random attacks end, are forensics done to determine the amount, and kind, of drugs or alcohol that were in the system…?

  • Nicholas November 25, 2022, 10:11 am

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why so-called pro-2nd people cannot, or will not make viable arguments concerning the RKBA. Another break-in, but we already know about the use of firearms for self-defense. Why do we have so many instances? The U.S.A. has a disproportionate rate of crime as compared to almost every other nation in the world. Where is the talk of why we have such problems, or why “public officials” are at the root cause of crime in this nation? Why aren’t we beating the drum on this, much the same way that anti-2nd people beat the drum on false or misleading data? Crime is real, but the leading cause of death of children is gun violence is not.
    And then there is the complete denial by the 2nd amendment community that the purpose of the 2nd, as the courts ruled long before Heller, is that the amendment was added to protect our Militia. The only constitutionally recognized authority with Law Enforcement Powers. And for those who worry about the invasion at our Southern Border, the constitutional power to stop that Invasion; Article I, Section 8, Clause 15.
    There is more to this, but for the few of us who actually speak to the Law, I feel as if I’m speaking to a bunch of people who could care less about all our rights.

  • SuperG November 25, 2022, 9:20 am

    I’m going to guess PCP. I’m glad the homeowner was able to defend himself.

  • Lunberjack November 25, 2022, 8:45 am

    Life lesson: never take a rock to a gun fight!

  • Charles Baker November 25, 2022, 6:38 am

    It’s time to ban AR’s!!! These attacks with Assault Rocks are way outta hand!

  • Charles Baker November 25, 2022, 6:37 am

    It’s time to ban AR’s!!! These attacks with Assault Rocks are way outta hand!
    (I couldn’t resist)

    • bobby carter November 28, 2022, 8:38 am

      assault rocks…..AR’s….. love it!!

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