YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The York Poquoson Sheriff’s Office says a homeowner fatally shot a man who tried to kick down the door to a home in York County on Monday.
The call for the shooting came in just after 5 p.m. in the 300 block of Corvette Drive. The neighborhood is near Queens Lake Middle School.
“This is very abnormal for this neighborhood,” said York Poquoson Sheriff’s Major Ron Montgomery. “It’s a quiet neighborhood.”
In an update Tuesday, the sheriff’s office says the man, identified as 20-year-old Antonio Beltran Flores Perez, had jumped a gate and tried to forcibly enter the home.
“The family had spotted the individual coming out of the woods behind the home and the family had gone inside the home and this person came onto the deck and began kicking the door,” said Major Ron Montgomery.
The homeowner said he and his family were outside at the time and went inside and locked the door. Perez then tried to kick the door, the sheriff’s office says.
Major Montgomery says Perez, who tried to break into the home, didn’t have a weapon, but tried multiple times to get inside. They say Perez’s body was found on the back deck. Major Montgomery says the homeowner’s concern was trying to protect his family.
“That was his big concern,” said Major Montgomery. “The door had been locked and when he started kicking the door to make entry into the house, that’s when the homeowner shot the individual.”
Major Montgomery says even though York County has a fairly low crime rate, that doesn’t mean people living there are immune to these types of crimes.
“If you have someone who’s trespassing on your property that you’re concerned about, I would encourage you to dial 911 immediately,” said Major Montgomery. “Nationally, we are seeing a lot more handgun violence and a lot more of these situations where burglaries or larcenies are occurring, so I think nationally that is a trend and what we’ve learned here in York County, although we have a very low crime rate, that doesn’t mean we are going to be immune from these types of crimes.”
Right now, investigators say no one has been charged in this case.
While 10 On Your Side is working to learn more about this incident, the sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or their tip line at 757-890-4999.
The sheriff’s office is asking anyone in this area who saw anything suspicious around 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. to call 757-890-4999. If you leave in this neighborhood, investigators also ask that you check your home security cameras for anything that looks out of place.
If you have any information about this case, you can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.
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