Maryland landlord shot and killed a suspected intruder who slept without permission in the basement of the house, which has its own shooting range and a sign referring to a conspiracy theory about the assassination of the former president John F. Kennedy, according to local news reports.
Montgomery County Police have identified Harry Trueman Powell, 34, of Washington, DC, as the man who was fatally shot after he allegedly broke into the Poolesville home, FOX5 DC reported.
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Police said the owner discovered Powell, who had apparently been sleeping in the basement for “some time,” outside the house around 9 a.m. Monday and called 911. While he was there on the phone to the police, Powell allegedly broke into the house.
The owner’s father told the station that his son asked the intruder to leave, but shot him when the intruder pounced on him.
Police told WUSA-TV that the owner, who was not immediately identified, should not face any charges.
In Maryland, the station reports that the Castle Doctrine allows people inside their homes to hold on, without needing to retreat first, to defend against an intruder. The use of force must be considered reasonable.
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It was not immediately clear why Powell chose to break in and apparently sleep in the isolated house, which is located in a rural area and would have its own gun stand as well as a sign outside. referring to a conspiracy theory on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. .
Powell’s family told FOX5 he was seeking help with mental health issues. Powell has a history of crime and domestic violence, WUSA reported, citing court documents.
Authorities said the investigation was ongoing.