Charges Considered Against Homeowner Who Shot And Killed Intruder Who Broke Into Home In Middle Of The Night??????

Posted on March 20, 2013


Virginia (The Gaslamp Post) – Authorities are considering charges against a homeowner who shot and killed an intruder he found climbing through his window in the middle of the night this past weekend.  Although common sense would dictate that the defending of one’s family and home would take precedence over the life of the guy coming though your window; in this day and age there are some that consider an intruder a victim.

A teenage athlete who was grounded decided to sneak out and go to a party and get drunk with his friends.

Caleb Gordley, 16, sneaked out of his home in Sterling after he was grounded for not cleaning his room. He went to a party with some friends, where he drank alcohol. About 2 a.m. Sunday, his friends dropped him off after the party, but Caleb wrongly entered the house two doors from his by climbing through a window.

Caleb Gordley, 16, killed while climbing through someone else’s window in the middle of the night. Image Gordley family / Washington Times.

As one could imagine, the homeowner who was woken up by the clamor must have assumed the worst and cautiously went to investigate the noise.

The homeowner, Donald West Wilder II, heard his burglar alarm go off and confronted Caleb. He fired a warning shot and told the teenager to leave. When he didn’t, Wilder shot again, fatally striking Caleb, law enforcement officials said.

Even though it would seem that a man shooting an intruder, even after firing a warning shot to discourage said intruder from continuing his intentions, authorities seem devoid of logic and reason.

Loudoun County sheriff’s officials are reviewing 911 calls and interviewing friends of the teenager who was shot to death after he accidentally entered a neighbor’s home over the weekend.

Sheriff Mike Chapman said his office is working with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office in deciding whether to pursue charges or close the investigation. James Plowman, Loudoun’s chief prosecutor, declined to comment.

Even though years of legal precedent have given residents what is being described as “wide latitude” when it comes to what they are permitted to do when confronted with an intruder in their home, some still think this whole thing didn’t have to happen.

The following tweet was left by Caleb’s (the intruder’s) father:

shawn gordley tweet

While it is quite understandable that any father would be distraught over the loss of his son, one has to give pause to the logic behind that statement;  “if that window was locked.”

Oh wait, there’s more…


Taken? More like thrown away.





Mistaken identity? Elsewhere in the country this would be considered unlawful entry and possibly residential burglary.


Didn’t deserve what he got? Did the homeowner deserve the surprise in the middle of the night that HE GOT?

What planet did I wake up on?