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Posted: October 14, 2011

The Intruder Wore Camouflage

Mike Morris, AJC

By Veronica Waters

Atlanta, GA None —

A Canton homeowner uses deadly force defending himself from an early morning intruder. 

WSB's Richard Sangster reports a woman wearing all-camouflage and a mask sneaked into his home on Bethany Manor Way. 

Authorities late Friday identified 54-year old Fred Stanley Whitmore as the homeowner, and 53-year old Barbara Smith of Canton as the intruder.

"She parked approximately a mile away, walked here, waited for the wife to go to work," says Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison.

The two struggled, and the woman was shot in the head with the gun she was carrying.  The call came in to deputies shortly before 7:00 a.m. Friday.

Garrison says the man and woman had worked together in the health care profession. 

Garrison says the shooting appears to be self-defense, pointing out that the masked, camouflaged woman would have been "virtually impossible" to recognize. 

"It's an understatement to say that it's just a bizarre incident," said Garrison.