Assault, Burglary Charges Filed Against Woodbury Man
Numerous charges have been filed against a southern New Jersey man who allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and stabbed her before barricading himself inside the residence.
Kirk is charged with burglary, child endangerment, several weapons offense and two counts each of attempted homicide and Aggravated Assault.
Armed with a shotgun, Kirk allegedly broke into the woman's Mount Ephraim home around 2 a.m. Tuesday. At the time, the 36-year-old woman, her four children and a 42-year-old man were in the residence.
Kirk allegedly entered a bedroom and shot the man in the arm. The man and the four children -- three girls and a boy who range in age from 7 to 17 -- then fled the home as the woman struggled with Kirk, who then allegedly fired another shot that did not hit anyone.
The woman barricaded herself in a bathroom as Kirk pursued her, trying to get into the room and slashing at her with a knife. But the woman, who suffered superficial cuts, was able to call 911. Kirk then barricaded himself into a bedroom when police arrived, and he kept them at bay for more than three hours before surrendering. He was not injured.
Prosecutors say Kirk and the woman had been involved in a long-term romantic relationship that ended three months ago.
The woman and the man who was shot were both treated at hospitals, but their names and further details on their conditions were not disclosed.
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