Husband shoots, kills intruder in attempt to save wife in St. Charles


Posted on March 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 5:22 AM

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. ( – Police are investigating after an intruder was shot and killed during an apparent home invasion in St. Charles Wednesday night.

The incident happened inside a home in the 1600 block of Duvall Court just before 10 p.m.

Officials said a 64-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman were watching television when they noticed someone looking inside their home. Police said a man then threw a paving stone through a window and barged through the door.

The intruder, identified as 20-year-old William Carlton, grabbed the woman and refused to let her go. The husband then tried several times to break Carlton’s grip on his wife.

That's when the man grabbed a .38 revolver and warned Carlton to release the woman. According to police, the man shot Carlton once in the torso after he refused to let her go.

Police arrived on scene a short time later. Carlton was rushed to an area hospital, where he later died.

The victims’ identities have not been released.

All evidence will be forwarded to the St. Charles County Prosecutor. Police say it appears the shooting was justified.

Police will refer the case to the St. Charles County Prosecutor, though officers believe the shooting was justified.

Authorities said Carlton’s motive is still a mystery.

According to court records, Carlton had only minor, non-violent criminal records.

Sources said Carlton had visited the house next door the night before and had been drinking. They said he didn’t previously know the victims.