The Sterling homeowner who mistakenly shot his teenage neighbor will not face criminal charges, the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office formally announced Sept. 10.
The office made no public comment, but stated the decision was made after reviewing statements of witnesses, 911 recordings, physical evidence, medical reports, law enforcement reports, photographs, diagrams and forensic laboratory reports. The office will not release a public report "out of respect for the privacy of the decedent and his family, and at their request."
The incident occurred March 17
at approximately 2:30 a.m. when Caleb Gordley mistakenly entered the home of a neighbor on the 45900 block of Pullman Court in Sterling. The homeowner, alerted by the burglary alarm, confronted Caleb on the stairwell. After giving verbal warnings and firing a warning shot, the homeowner shot Gordley.
Gordley had lived a few houses down from the one he entered was trying to sneak back home after a night of drinking alcohol with friends. The window he entered was unlocked.
At the time of his death, Gordley was a 16-year-old junior at Park View High School. An active athlete, Gordley played football, basketball and baseball for the Patriots. Park View honored Gordley at its first home game Sept. 6, when Gordley's jersey was brought out for the coin toss.