This Bad Guy Got a Painful New Year’s Day Lesson He’ll Never Forget

During the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, police in western Wisconsin were called to a Centuria home to respond to a reported shooting. The resident, Justin Schilling, had called 911 to say he had shot Derek Amoroso after Amoroso broke into his house, according to the Polk County sheriff’s department.

The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported:

Schilling called 911 about 5:15 a.m. Thursday to report the shooting in the 400 block of Fourth Street.

He told the sheriff’s office he was awakened by someone pounding on his door. When Schilling approached with a handgun, Amoroso kicked in the door, the sheriff’s office said.

Schilling told investigators that he ordered Amoroso to leave, but Amoroso assaulted him, at which point Schilling shot Amoroso and fled the residence.

Deputies found Amoroso lying on Schilling’s kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the inner thigh. He was in stable condition Friday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Schilling was unharmed.

Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson said there was no indication the men were acquainted, but he was unable to say definitively why Amoroso was trying to enter the home. He appeared to have been drinking, but the sheriff’s office is awaiting results of a blood test.

“I don’t know if he was just intoxicated and thought he was at somebody else’s house, or if he had other ideas,” said Johnson. He said no charges would be filed against Schilling, but he does expect charges will be brought against Amoroso.

It seems likely Amoroso will stop and remember this experience next time he considers breaking through another front door.