HAMPTON ROADS, Va. -- A visitor shot three intruders who
stormed a Hampton apartment Wednesday morning, police said.
One of the intruders was killed and the others were wounded. At least
seven bullets passed through a wall into an adjoining apartment as the
tenant there slept. He didn't realize bullets penetrated his home
until two Hampton patrol officers broke through the door to check on
The man killed, Derrick Lyons, 25, of Hampton, was found bleeding in
the doorway of Heather Lake Apt. 165 on Tidemill Lane when police
arrived shortly before 1 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hampton Police Cpl. Jimmie Wideman said one of the suspects,
Marquis L. Corbin, knocked on the apartment door. Inside were men, including the guest who was not identified, and a woman. Detectives believe that Lyons and suspect Malike Allen donned masks and bandannas and stormed in when the door was opened after Corbin knocked.
Wideman said the guest immediately opened fire hitting all three
Corbin, who was not disguised, was identified by one of the three
people inside the apartment.
Wideman said that after the gunfire, the wounded Corbin retreated and
jumped in a car parked in the lot, and drove to his mother's house on
Victor Street off Ivy Home Road.
Olethia Corbin said she knew her son was wanted for a probation
violation, but was shocked when he showed up wounded. "He was crying, "Momma! Momma! I been shot! I been shot!" said Olethia Corbin, 43.
She said she didn't see the blood until her son collapsed on her new
John Hill, 26, who lives in the adjoining first-floor apartment at the shooting scene, said he never heard the shots.
Two uniformed police officers were in his home when he finally
awakened. After determining that some of the bullets penetrated the
walls, the officers went to check on the neighbor.
"When I didn't answer they broke down the door," Hill said. "I was totally amazed first that I was able to sleep through this. Had I been on the couch when the shooting was going on, I might have been hit."
Crime scene detectives retrieved bullets from Hill's gym bag,
videocassette collection, door, carpet, and couch.
Police have been seeking Corbin since June on the probation violation. The charge stemmed from Corbin's failure to comply with the sentence for a conviction related to a shooting in 1995.
Corbin served about four years in the state prison for that shooting.
Hampton police charged him in a later shooting but he was never
Lyons also was wanted by Hampton police. He was charged but not
convicted of fatally shooting a man in the face as he sat in a car at
a fast-food restaurant on Queen Street in 1996.
Detectives were interviewing the guest who shot the intruders late
Wednesday afternoon. No charges had been filed against the man, but
Wideman said the investigation is continuing.
David Chernicky can be reached at 247-4743
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