UPDATE: Resident Shoots Home Invader in St. Charles County

Michael Calhoun

DARDENNE PRAIRIE (KMOX) – A random attack and shooting at a St. Charles County home Wednesday night leaves the intruder dead.

St. Charles County Sheriff’s Lt. Craig McGwire tells KMOX the incident happened just after 9 p.m. in the 1600 block of Duvall Court.

Deputies says the couple, a 65 year-old man and his 57 year-old wife were watching TV when they saw someone outside. Before they could investigate, the suspect identified as 20-year-old William Carlton of St. Charles, threw something at the couple’s glass door.

Investigators say Carlton struggled with the man and woman.

After a brief struggle the man ran upstairs and got his revolver. He told police at the scene, he repeatedly warned Carlton to leave his wife alone. When Carlton didn’t he then shot him once in the chest.

Carlton was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Lt. David Tiefenbrunn says it appears to have been a random break-in. He tells KMOX Carlton had a ‘slight’ history of crime including traffic violations and misdemeanor charges.

Police say the shooting appears to be justified.  Investigators will submit their report to the prosecutor’s office within a couple of days.


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