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Police: Resident Shoots Armed Suspect in Burglary

Prince William County Police identified a suspect in the burglary after he sought treatment for a gunshot wound at a D.C. hospital.

A Dale City resident shot an armed intruder who had fired his weapon during a burglary early Sunday morning, Prince William County Police said. 

James Darnell Latimer, 29, of Francis West Lane in Woodbridge, is charged with burglary, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, attempted malicious wounding and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Police said that a 24-year-old Woodbridge man was inside his home on the 14200 block of Princedale Drive when three masked men forced their way inside the home around 3:08 a.m. They went up the stairs to the victim's bedroom and a confrontation broke out. 

"One of the men was armed with a shotgun which he fired towards the victim," police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok said in a press release. "The victim returned fire with his own handgun and stuck the suspect before the men fled the home."

The victim was not injured, and nothing was stolen, Perok said. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau identified Latimer as a suspect after he went to a hospital in Washington, D.C. to obtain treatment for a gunshot injury to his forearm. 

Police have obtained warrants for Latimer's arrest, and he is still in D.C. pending extradition to Virginia. His court date is set for Aug. 26. Perok said the incident was not random and police are working to identify the other two suspects. 

The first suspect is described as a black male, 20-30 years old, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with a medium build and brown eyes.

The second suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years old, 5'9", 170 pounds, with a medium build. 
Debbie Radziewicz July 30, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Good for this resident. It is about time we take back our community from these thugs!
KC July 30, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I don't know what transpired between the resident & these three (or possibly a related someone who put the men up to this), to have the attack be considered "not random," but they were intruders. Period. That alone means that their safety, including their very lives, are forfeit. Unfortunate, yes...and entirely avoidable. <--- Don't CHOOSE to break into anybody's home!
Donna August 03, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Too bad the victim didn't place the bullet a little more accurately. Intruder will probably be a repeat offender, who did not learn his lesson.
Sheepdog1211 August 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM
He's a fine upstanding citizen who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.... James D Latimer (7/3/xxxx) 11/26/2003 - MALICIOUS WOUNDING-TW 10/18/2003 - POSS OF MARIJUANA - K 10/24/2003 - CONCEALMENT OF MERCH<$200-EHQ 09/27/2006 - SALE, DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA 04/19/2007 - OTHER FORGERY/UTTERING 04/19/2007 - OTHER FORGERY, EMPLOY AS TRUE 04/19/2007 - OBTAIN MONEY FALSE PRET >=$200 12/08/2010 - ATTEMPT - GRND LARCENY: $200+ NOT PERSON 11/21/2010 - ATTEMPT - ROBBERY: RESIDENCE 11/21/2010 - USE FIREARM IN FELONY 1ST OFF Time and time again.
Michelle Hopkins August 05, 2013 at 02:13 AM
So why if you know nothing about the situation or him are you commenting, and taking the time out of your day to look up his criminal history? Which for the record isn't accurate. And to the person that said the victims aim should've been better... Really? I guess they should've included that the man that shot him was a drug dealer providing your awesome neighborhoods with narcotics that are killing our youth and ruining lives everyday. I find it completely disrespectful for people to put these negative comments up and really think you should keep them to yourself when again you know absolutely zero about what your commenting on, the situation, or the people that your defending and insulting.
KC August 05, 2013 at 10:51 AM
@Michelle Hopkins The answer to your opening question is: Because in our country, we have a little something called "Freedom of Speech." It allows people from the most learned to the most ignorant/ill-informed to speak on or about anything we so choose as long as no threats to anyone's safety are being made. This covers the one commenter's choice to list the known, criminal history. He's covered as long as he didn't KNOWINGLY, & with malicious intent, include false information. The only information anybody needs to know is provided by the article, & that is that a resident defended himself against THREE ARMED, MASKED INTRUDERS. Now, I don't care if it was broad daylight, & the three were unmasked NUNS carrying feathers & Fun Dip! They were INTRUDERS. Neither does it matter the morals (or lack thereof ) of the person inside of the home being broken into. The intruders' choices put them on the unfortunate side of the law where they are now the "accused" or the "alleged perpetrators," & the "drug dealer" on the fortunate where he is now considered the "innocent victim." Personally, I'd rather NOT be put in the position of defending a dealer of Misery & Death, but those three forced it on us. On some level, I think many of us realize that each person involved is someone's child or loved one. Feeling empathy isn't wrong, but neither does it negate wrongdoing. Wishing for their deaths in this situation wouldn't be my choice, but I have been driven to such a reaction before. Whether I'm offended by or agree with another's definition of Justice, &/or what they might find tolerable/intolerable, I'm free to have an opinion, & I'm free to voice it -- that's all.
Michelle Hopkins August 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
@kc I wasn't speaking about your comment at all your comment was actually very respectful and honest, but wishing for his death is completely wrong and actually sickening. As far as the criminal history I myself know that it isn't correct. I totally understand that freedom of speech is our right, but like you said his family and loved ones are dealing with this horrible incident. We know James and he is being petrayed to be this monster thug and that is far from the truth. He's a good man that hasn't made the best of choices in the past. When I see any negative or degrading comment about him I will continue to defend and speak highly and the truth about him.
KC August 06, 2013 at 12:56 AM
@Michelle Hopkins I appreciate it, and apologize for my "snarkiness." You were angry, but not ill-informed, and I regret treating you as such. We, the Public, can only work from the information available, and yes, what's available does not paint James in anything close to a good light. I do believe he should be held accountable for his crimes, but inflating, exaggerating, and reporting misinformation in regards to his wrongdoings is unfair to him AND to each and every one of us. The media's ineptitude has reached ridiculous levels, and I hope any errors in this case are soon corrected. I truly hope he turns out to be deserving of your regard, and I wish strength to you and yours.
Natassia Grover August 23, 2013 at 03:11 PM
A man who chooses to put on a mask, arm himself with a shot gun, break into someone's home, and shoot at that person is NOT a "good man."
Michelle Hopkins September 01, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Well like KC said the media IS BULLSHIT. I understand that's all the public has to go off of, but that is not the story at all. The drug dealer being robbed shot first and when he got hit the gun went off. If he were to have shot at him first with a shotgun at point blank range the man would be dead. You can point a shotgun one way and your hitting anything in the vesinity. I'm not saying that James was right for partaking in this incident. But he is a good man irregardless of what any of you think. He will be held accountable for his terrible mistake, but sin is sin and no one is in a position to judge him. God knows his heart and He has James right where he wants him. If he was such a monster as its making him out to be he would have went in shot the drug dealer dead and we would be hearing about a murder that took place. Bottom line you really should be careful of the things you say about people and the way you judge them. God has a way of showing you that isn't right. Thank you @KC we as well as James are thankful everyday that James is alive, he knows what he did wasn't right in any way and he's very remorseful. He's ready for whatever consequences he has to face.

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