WOODBINE, Md. (WJZ) — A Woodbine man shot and killed a man who was trying to get inside his home overnight, according to Howard County Police.

The intruder was reportedly banging on the front door of a home in the 14000 block of Carriage Mill Road shortly after 1 a.m., where resident Charles Dorsey, 56, and his wife were sleeping. Both residents repeatedly shouted for the man to leave. Police said the suspect was not wearing a shirt or shoes.

Police: Alleged Intruder Killed In Woodbine Shooting Was Staying At Friend’s Place Nearby, May Have Gotten Lost

As the suspect tried to gain entry, Dorsey fired one shot, killing the suspect. No one else was injured.

The suspect has been identified as Gerardo Alberto Espinoza, 46, of Chantilly, VA. After a preliminary investigation, detectives believe Espinoza had been staying at a friend’s house in the neighborhood.

“I think that it’s too early to try to guess why the suspect was at that residence, if he was there mistakenly, if he was there with a motive or purpose, those are the things that our detectives are looking into now,” said Howard County Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn.

No charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

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