Woman Shoots Female Intruder
The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia - Sheriff: Burglary suspect shot by homeowner
.22 to the hand won't stop a lot of people, but luckily it was enough to stop this woman.
A Fayette County burglary suspect was shot by a homeowner who police said was burglarized by the same suspect at least one other time.
Nighttime burglary charges are pending against Tracey Ann McQueen, 25, of Kaymoor Road, Fayetteville, Sheriff Bill Laird said. McQueen was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center Wednesday morning for treatment of a single gunshot wound to her left hand. She was under evaluation at the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon.
At 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Fayette County 911 Center was notified of a burglary in progress at a Pleasant View Road residence, near Fayetteville, Laird said. Later, the alleged burglar was reported to have been shot in the hand by the homeowner. When deputies arrived at the scene, the homeowner said the female suspect fled.
A short time later, deputies identified the suspect as McQueen, Laird said. McQueen was located at a Kaymoor Road residence and taken to Plateau Medical Center. She was later transferred to CAMC.
The preliminary investigation indicates the female victim was awakened to find McQueen inside the residence, Laird said. The victim confronted McQueen, attempting to hold her at gunpoint while awaiting deputiesí arrival. A struggle ensued, during which McQueen was apparently shot by the victimís .22 caliber revolver.
Laird said McQueen had been charged with burglarizing the same residence Nov. 4, and she was free on bond when the latest incident occurred. McQueen was also considered a primary suspect in at least one other previous incident at the same residence. Reports indicate the victimís house had been burglarized on several other occasions during the past few months.
McQueen is believed to have, in the past, lived near the victimís residence, Laird said. Laird was unsure if McQueen and the victim actually knew each other.
No charges have been filed against the homeowner, Laird said.
Investigations into this incident and all other previous crimes at the residence are ongoing, Laird said. Deputies T.N. Mooney and W.K. Willis and sheriffís detective bureau are investigating.