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A woman shot and fatally wounded an armed attacker outside her home in Dale City early Thursday, police say.

Prince William County prosecutors have ruled the incident a justified homicide and say the victim acted in self defense.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Hoffman Drive at 12:25 a.m., where a 44-year-old woman reported she was leaving her house when she saw an unknown, masked man approaching her from the side of the home.

The victim, who was also armed at the time, shot the individual as he approached the front door of her home, Prince William County police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.

Officers arrived and found a man near the doorway suffering from gunshot wounds. They also located a loaded handgun in the man’s possession, Perok said.

Officers performed CPR until rescue workers arrived. The man, identified as 20-year-old  Azhar Laurent Smart of Triangle, was taken to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries, Perok said. The victim was not injured.

Detectives are still trying to determine why the man was at the house and would like to speak with anyone who may have been present in the area at the time.

After consultation with the Prince William County 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, Perok said.

Perok said at this time, the incident does not appear to be random.

On July 6, another Dale City homeowner shot a would-be intruder on Glendale Road. The person wounded in that case was a 43-year-old man who was shot after the homeowner heard a loud noise at the front door, then someone trying to open a living room window. The man who was shot is expected to survive.


(13) comments

All American

I am guessing Azhar Laurent Smart will not do that again, even though he will still vote in the next election.

Liz Schoechle

My guess..the Com. Attorney ruled justified..due to the jerk with a loaded gun in his possession. Otherwise, the NRA is correct. An invader outside your home must get in before you are in danger and use deadly force. Don't call cops a LAWYER--then report incident!!!!

Brad London

Most excellent.

Tom Manson

Something missing from the story. He was masked with a gun and was shot as he approached the front door. Had he tried to force entry or threatened the homeowner in some way? Assume something else happened as it was considered justified.

I'm masked and carry a gun. You won't catch me sneaking around someone's house though.

Paul Benedict

May have been one of Biden's thugs going door to door to make sure residents had their COVID vaccinations.

Janet Smith

In Arlington, Thugs shoot up neighborhoods and Arlington Police arrive after the Thugs are safely back in DC. Dump the Dems...Dump the Dems...Dump the Dems..

Liz Schoechle

Most ALL the crimes are coming in to Arlington from D.C and Md. The mall area @ Pentagon City is one big daily crime scene!!!!!!!!!

dana walls

i am so glad she is ok, but i was told years ago to make sure you pull the bad guy in the house to make it justified., but i guess the laws are changing. but i wish they would make this more on the news, so these rotten jerks would see that they can be shot n maybe they better think about it before they do something so stupid. this is 1 great reason for NRA to keep fighting to let us carry our own guns, as women . !!

Robert Segall

Yes, pull them into the house and then you yourself will be charged for tampering with evidence, brilliant idea there! Screw the NRA.

George Lawton

LOL…Robert is angry someone defended themselves instead becoming a victim…like him assuredly.

Jerzy Brick

I was laughing also, because Robert is correct. Pull them into the house my @$$.

Luis Ferrao

Excellent! One less thug on the streets who would have cause harm to someone else.


poor ol Azhar got more than he asked for lol

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