Home intruder shot, killed in St. Charles County
Thursday, March 29, 2012
DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. (AP) — St. Charles County authorities say an intruder was shot and killed by the homeowner.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Craig McGuire says 20-year-old William Carlton of St. Charles broke into a home in Dardenne Prairie Wednesday night and began beating a 57-year-old woman. Her 64-year-old husband shot and killed the attacker.
The homeowners told police they did not know Carlton. The man told authorities he and his wife were watching TV when he saw a man looking through the door at them. The doors opened and the attacker came inside, allegedly grabbing the woman, then beating her.
The husband went upstairs and grabbed a revolver, then allegedly warned Carlton before shooting him in the upper torso.
Police say it appears the shooting was justified.