It’s ever woman’s worst nightmare. It’s the middle of the night, and an armed, masked man begins approaching you right outside your home.
That’s exactly what a 44-year old Woodbridge, VA woman saw just past midnight on Thursday. But instead of becoming a victim to whatever sick crime this armed man was planning on committing, she pulled out her own firerarm and killed the man.
When Prince William County police arrived on scene, they rushed a badly injured Azhar Laurent Smart, 20, to a local hospital, where he later died.
While police aren’t sure of the man’s motivations, they did say that the “incident does not appear to be random.” They added that the woman was found justified, and will not be charged for the incident.
“Prince William County police said the incident unfolded at 12:25 a.m. Thursday in the 4100 block of Hoffman Drive just off the Prince William Parkway. The homeowner, a 44-year-old woman, said she was leaving her home when she saw a stranger, who was wearing a mask and armed with a handgun, coming toward her from the side of her house.
The woman, who police said was also armed with a gun, shot the man as he came toward the front door. When officers arrived, they found the man had a loaded handgun. He was taken to a hospital where he later died, police said. The woman was not hurt.
The Prince William County Police Department said in a statement that detectives are trying to determine “why the man was at the residence.” It said the “incident does not appear to be random.”
The case remains under investigation.
“After consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the shooting was ruled to be justified based on self-defense and therefore no charges will be placed against the victim,” the police statement said.
Police later identified the armed man as Azhar Laurent Smart, 20, of Triangle, Va.”
Americans are sick and tired of being victimized by criminals like Azhar Laurent Smart. That’s why gun sales are consistently hitting record highs year after year.
Thankfully, the 44-year old woman realized the importance of being able to defend yourself, and stopped what could have been a potential rape, murder, or robbery.