A man, who had recently moved into a rural Culpeper County, Virginia home in the 1400 block of Woodland Church Road, used a would-be robber’s gun to kill one of the intruders. It started when 21-year-old Delonte Jones, of Prince George’s County, and 18-year-old Amber Eley, of Orange, Virginia, knocked on the door of the victim around 6 P.M..
When the homeowner answered the door, the pair asked the man for help as they were having a problem with their car. The homeowner said no and as he tried to shut the door, Jones forced himself into the house and struck the man with a gun. A struggle broke out between the two and the homeowner was able to take the gun away from the assailant. The homeowner then fired at Jones, shooting him in the stomach, and fatally wounding him. Jones died at a local hospital.
Neighbors say this neighborhood has always been safe and while it is not uncommon to hear gunshots from squirrel hunters, they say this time it was different. Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots on this evening. When police arrived on the scene, neighbor Debbie Farnman said, “The cops were here and trying to get the guy, they were doing CPR on him, saying hang with me, hang with me.”
Police say the female assailant was arrested at the home and is being charged with attempted robbery, burglary with a deadly weapon and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. They say Eley and Jones picked this house at random. Surveillance video helped police. They’re still looking for two people who left in a dark green Honda.