A woman shot and fatally wounded an armed attacker outside her home in Dale City early Thursday, police say.
Prince William County prosecutors have ruled the incident a justified homicide and say the victim acted in self defense.
Officers were called to the 4100 block of Hoffman Drive at 12:25 a.m., where a 44-year-old woman reported she was leaving her house when she saw an unknown, masked man approaching her from the side of the home.
The victim, who was also armed at the time, shot the individual as he approached the front door of her home, Prince William County police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.
Officers arrived and found a man near the doorway suffering from gunshot wounds. They also located a loaded handgun in the man’s possession, Perok said.
The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday it will not be pursuing charges against the 72-year-old man who shot and killed David Austin in April because the shooting was deemed justified....
An eyewitness, who did not know the shooter, said Austin approached the 72-year-old man in an aggressive manner even though the 72-year-old had a handgun.
The eyewitness said Austin approached the 72-year-old in a "boxer's stance." As the witness passed by the two men, he saw the shooter lower the handgun and walk backwards as Austin walked towards the man with the gun, reports said.
Seconds later the witness heard a single gunshot.
The shooter ran home and called 9-1-1, then went back to the scene and waited for police.
He told police that Austin had hit him in the head - and feared another blow would kill him, reports said.