Sheriff explains scene where NZ man gets shot in United States

Drive 26/06/2018
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A New Zealand man has been shot in the neck after attempting to breaking into a US home armed with a knife, duct tape and pepper spray.

Troy George Skinner, 25, began talking to a 14-year-old American girl using Discord, an online voice and text chat service for gamer. The teen attempted to end their communication after three or four months, according to WTKR News.

Their violent encounter took place last Friday (US time) when the teen's mother was home with her daughter.

"He was not invited here, he was not expected here, he had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to communicate with him," Goochland Sheriff Jim Agnew said.

Suddenly the family heard Skinner attempting to break in with a brick. The mother told him she was calling police and that she was armed with a handgun, WTKR News reports.

“Whatever his intent, it wasn’t good,” Sheriff Agnew told RadioLIVE.

Troy George Skinner. Photo credit: Goochland Sheriff.

Here’s what WTKR News and the Goochland County Sheriff's Office have confirmed so far: 

Skinner’s current state

Skinner is in hospital in the custody of the Goochland County Sheriff's Office. He is unable to communicate verbally because of the injury to his throat, but should be able to speak in the next day or so. He has declined to speak to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The relationship

The sheriff confirmed that Skinner had an online relationship with a 14-year-old American girl, but is unable to disclose additional details. The relationship began on the online chatting platform Discord.  

“It’s designed to help people communicate while they’re playing certain games.”

According to the sheriff, the young girl had told Skinner that she was 16. After months of communicating with him, she decided to cut off the relationship and blocked him on Discord. The girl told the police that he tried to communicate with her by opening accounts on other online platforms. 

She had not told anyone in her family about the relationship. 

Deputies say the investigation into the break-in is ongoing and charges are pending. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also investigating the incident. 

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