Beltsville shooting: Lloyd's Automotive owner asleep during attempted burglary
BELTSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - As word about what happened here spreads, one after another, old friends come to check on the 72-year-old mechanic.
"I've known this guy a long time -- nicest guy I ever met," says Danny Richardson.
"He's a great guy, great guy, good man, honest straight-up guy," adds Danny Marsh.
A burglar showed up at Lloyd’s Automotive at about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, smashing his way in with a wooden sign post. What the crook didn’t know was that the owner of the business was asleep inside. He awoke in terror.
"Really blindsided by a guy forcing his way into his business," said Lt. Bill Alexander of the mechanic.
Police say that when the suspect confronted the business owner, the elderly man opened fire with a pistol he kept in a drawer. He hit the intruder at least once.
"That suspect runs out of the store he gets in a car and drives away...he ultimately crashes that car," explained Lt. Alexander.
Police took the injured suspect into custody. He has been identified as 50-year-old Deryck Anthony Nedd, who has a long criminal history and is currently in critical condition. After having surgery, Nedd is expected to recover.
As for the owner of Lloyd’s Automotive, while the case will be reviewed by prosecutors, police say the shooting appears to be justified. His friends sure think so.
"I'm a gun owner myself -- if he came in my house I'd do the same thing," says Danny Marsh.