Police charge intruder shot by ‘lawfully armed’ homeowner

The Harrisburg Bureau of Police announced Monday that Keon J. Washington, 32, survived being shot by an unidentified “lawfully armed” homeowner with non-life-threatening injuries on Friday. He was armed with a butcher’s knife at the time. Police were called at around 4:45 p.m. that evening to the scene and subsequently transported Washington to a hospital.

“Upon arrival officers discovered that Keon Washington had attempted to break into an occupied residence, by kicking in the back door, when he was confronted by the homeowner,” police reported. “The homeowner, who was lawfully armed with a firearm, gave Washinton warnings to stop and leave. Washington continued to attempt to gain entry into the house and was shot by the homeowner.”

As a result, police charged Washington with third-degree felony of trespassing and second-degree felony attempted burglary charges, as well as two second-degree misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

Harrisburg reported 155 burglaries in 2021 and 150 so far in 2022, according to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System. Its bureau of police has filed charges in just over 19% of those cases, which so far is over a 3% decrease since last year.

* Article from: The Washington Examiner