An Edinburg man died early Friday morning after he was shot by a Mount Jackson resident acting in self-defense, according to the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.
Dylan Romick, 27, was shot after an alleged assault west of Mount Jackson in the 10000 block of Orkney Grade, which is where the homeowner lived, Sheriff Timothy Carter said by phone interview Friday.
According to Carter, the report of the assault was made at 12:51 a.m. and the shooting occurred while the deputies were responding.
The alleged assault involved a 29-year-old woman from New Market who was being attacked by Romick, Carter said. Carter declined to say what the assault was over, but said the woman and Romick knew each other.
During the assault, the woman went to the residence of the homeowner seeking help, Carter said. As the homeowner was helping the woman, Romick was shot, Carter said.
Carter wouldn’t say what specifically led to the shooting, but said everything indicated that the homeowner fired the gun as an act of self defense for himself and his family. The Sheriff’s Office has no information that the homeowner was acquainted with Romick or the woman, Carter said.
The homeowner is cooperating with law enforcement and has not been charged, Carter said. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has been in consultation with the Sheriff’s Office over the incident, Carter said.
A firearm was recovered from the scene, Carter said, but he declined to say what type and who it belonged to. The investigation remains ongoing.
Romick’s criminal record included convictions for possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a vehicle and destruction of property with intent valued at less than $1,000 in 2018. Romick received suspended sentences in those cases, according to online court records.
The woman was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for injuries from the alleged assault where she was treated and released, Carter said.
Assisting agencies include the New Market Police Department, Mount Jackson Police Department, and the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department.