Mother Shoots New Zealand Man Trying To Break Into Her Home

Amber Athey | Media and Breaking News Editor

A Virginia woman shot a man in the neck last Friday after he tried to break into her home with a knife and duct tape.

According to authorities, Troy George Skinner, 25, had been communicating with the woman’s 14-year-old daughter online. Skinner, who is from New Zealand, traveled to the girl’s home and tried to break in by smashing a glass door.

The girl’s mother saw Skinner trying to enter the home and warned him several times that she had a gun.

Skinner continued on his mission, but when he successfully broke the glass on a door the mother opened fire and struck him in the neck.

Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said Skinner purchased the knife and duct tape when he got to the United States.

“All I can say is the manner in which he attempted to enter that home in the face of a firearm pointed at him and the implements we recovered from him — the only inference is that he had very bad intent,” Agnew explained.

Skinner is currently hospitalized for the gunshot wound and will be charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a serious crime.

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