Billings woman fends off intruder using gun

2013-04-16T11:55:00Z 2013-04-30T20:15:32Z Billings woman fends off intruder using gunGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Prosecutors say a Billings woman used a gun to fend off an intruder who forced his way inside her home through a back door.

The man was later arrested and is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on a $100,000 bond.

Travis Bridger Soderberg, 38, has been charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges in District Court next week.

According to charging documents, a woman called police shortly after 8 p.m. on April 6 to report an intruder at her home.

The woman, identified only by her initials in court records, told an officer that Soderberg is her ex-boyfriend and she has a valid order of protection issued in December that prohibits him from making contact with her.

The woman said Soderberg had been violent toward her in the past.

Soderberg came to her front door, the woman said, then went to her back door, kicked it open and came toward her. She pointed a gun at him and told him to leave.

Soderberg fled out the back door, she said. He was arrested Friday on a warrant.     

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