Folks, you can't make stuff like this up!
How prepared are you to defend your life? How about waking up to find your family trying to kill you?
Wife and in-laws charged with trying to kill Beach police officer
By STEVE STONE , The Virginian-Pilot
© October 28, 2006
VIRGINIA BEACH - A police officer awoke to find himself under attack in his bedroom early Friday and held off his attempted killers at gunpoint as he called 911 for help.
His assailants were his kin, said Rene Ball, a police spokeswoman.
The officer's wife, her mother and her brother are now charged with attempted murder.
"It's very disturbing," said Ball, who could recall no similar situation.
Ball said dispatchers received a call at 5:58 a.m. from the officer's home in the 3800 block of River Oak Circle.
The officer "requested assistance because he had just been attacked in his sleep by intruders and was holding them at gunpoint," Ball said.
The department is not releasing the officer's name, Ball said, because the case is being handled as a domestic violence incident.
The room was dark when the confrontation began, Ball said, so the officer did not know who was attacking him.
As he waited for help, he turned on the light and "discovered that the intruders were his brother-in-law and mother-in-law," Ball said.
Police arrived in minutes and took the two into custody. They soon arrested the officer's wife as well.
The three were identified as Michelle C. DeAngelis, 33, of the 3800 block of River Oak Circle, her brother, Hanns Peter Herzog, 38; and their mother, Rosemary Elling, 66, both of the 5100 block of Thatcher Way.
All three were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
They were being held in the city jail without bond.
Ball said investigators quickly learned that the officer's wife had invited the assailants into the home the evening before.
"There, they waited for the officer to arrive home and go to sleep," Ball said.
The officer "sustained an eye injury during the struggle," Ball said, but he was treated at the scene and did not need to be hospitalized.
The 36-year-old officer declined requests to be interviewed.
"This is a very difficult thing for him to have to deal with," Ball said.
"I think he has a pretty good support system here at work," she said. "Officers are praying for him and supporting him in this difficult time."
The couple's two children, whose identities also were not released, remain in the officer's care, Ball said Friday.
The officer, who is assigned to the First Precinct, has been on the force for almost five years, Ball said.