Intruder killed after getting much more than he bargained for.
An armed intruder was shot and killed early Sunday morning after he and another man attempted to force their way into a Youngstown Court apartment, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's officials said James Michael Conely, 32, of 329 Central Ave. and Michael John Watkins, 21, of 42 East Ave. knocked on the door of Apartment 3005 at 20230 Youngstown Court shortly before 3:40 a.m. Sunday.
One of the two women living in the apartment, 22-year-old Carri Humphrey, reportedly looked through the door's peephole and thought the man was another resident of the apartment building.
When Humphrey opened the door, the two men forced their way in, with Conely carrying a .22-caliber rifle. The apartment's other resident, 24-year-old Michelle Reeder, heard Humphrey yelling and ran to the bedroom, retrieved a handgun and returned to the living room.
Conely held his gun to Humphrey's head and also pointed it at Reeder and threatened to kill her. Reeder fired multiple rounds at Conely, striking him once in the upper body, according to the sheriff's office.
Sheriff's officials said the struggle continued into the bedroom, where Reeder stabbed Conely in the back with a knife. Officials didn't indicate whether the gunshot wound or stab wound was the fatal injury.
Both women were able to escape the apartment. Watkins fled the scene but was caught nearby and confessed to his involvement in the break-in, according to the sheriff's office.
He reportedly told authorities he didn't know Conely had a gun.
Watkins faces multiple burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary charges. He also is charged with attempted armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted theft and conspiracy to commit theft.