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Business owner shoots suspect during burglary attempt in Beltsville

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Deryck Anthony Nedd (Prince George's County Police Department) Deryck Anthony Nedd (Prince George's County Police Department)

A shop owner in Beltsville shot an intruder in the chest late Tuesday night. The suspected burglar drove away, but then crashed his car.

The suspect is in critical condition. Police have identified him as 50-year-old Deryck Nedd of Adelphi, Md.

Lloyd’s Automotive has been doing business in an industrial section of Beltsville for more than 25 years.

The owner, a wiry 73-year-old former race car driver, has a habit of catching the late news on television in his shop on Old Baltimore Pike. Police say the owner was dozing on the office couch around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday when an intruder used a 4-by-4 sign post to smash through the outside glass door, then he kicked his way through an interior wooden door.

The owner grabbed his old revolver and shot the intruder in the chest. The intruder escaped in (what police believe to be) a rental car before crashing at the intersection of Muirkirk and Virginia Manor Roads. He was taken to a hospital.

There is apparently no security video of the attempted break-in, but police believe video from earlier break-ins – at other locations -- will result in multiple charges for the man who was shot.

Customers are backing the shop owner’s decision to shoot after the violent forced entry. Long-time customer Bobby Waters told reporters, “I think that’s understandable. I mean, you’ve got your whole life in your shop. Protecting your customers, protecting your tools, protecting your living. I can understand why that happened.”

Police say the elderly store owner has been cooperating with investigators.

At a Wednesday news conference, Lt. Bill Alexander, of the Prince George’s County Police Dept., told reporters: “Our investigators will do a complete and impartial investigation. They will gather the details and will then meet with the State’s Attorney’s office, who ultimately (not specific to this case, but in any case with similar circumstances like this) they will screen the details of this particular incident. So, at this point, there are no charges pending against the owner of this business. I would guess that charges against the owner are unlikely.”

The man who smashed through two doorways (and was subsequently shot in the chest), has undergone two rounds of surgery. The accused intruder is still listed in critical condition.

Police believe the gun used by the shop owner, an old revolver, was not registered, but that’s not a problem if the gun was owned before Maryland’s current registration laws went into effect.

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