Off-Duty Deputy Shoots Intruder Who Forced His Way Into Her Home

By Faye Higbee

Wilmington, NC — Bart Anthony Coniglio, 40, chased his own mother and a friend from her home to the neighbor’s house. The neighbor happened to be an off-duty Deputy with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. He forced his way into her house and she shot him. Twice.

The incident began at the neighbor’s house at around 12:42 p.m. on February 24th. Coniglio chased his mother and her friend from the home to the home of a neighbor who happened to be a deputy. Detective Leyla Davis-Woodhouse was home with her three children when Coniglio chased his own mother and a friend to the home. The off-duty deputy confronted the enraged suspect, but he refused to back down.

In a news release, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation says Bart Anthony Coniglio forcibly entered a family member’s home in the 4500 block of Barnards Landing Road in Wilmington around 12:42 p.m. Wednesday.

New Hanover County dispatch released the 911 calls Thursday.

The family member made the first 911 call from her home where she said her son was trying to break in her house.

“He’s breaking in my door right now,” she said before she ran out the front of the house.

The family member and a friend left the home and ran to a nearby neighbor’s home that happened to be the residence of a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputy….

…Coniglio was allegedly chasing the family member and, according to the release, “Coniglio then forcibly entered the Davis-Woodhouse’s home where a physical altercation ensued that resulted in the off-duty deputy subsequently shooting Coniglio.”


According to the 911 tapes, Davis-Woodhouse called 911 at 12:48 p.m..

This man has pushed his way into my house and I shot him twice. They need to get here now…He fought me on the porch and pushed his way inside my house.

New Hanover Detective Leyla Davis-Woodhouse to the dispatcher

The incident will be investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

It turned out that Bart Anthony Coniglio has a lengthy criminal record, much of it domestic related: Assault on a Female, Domestic Violence Protective Order Violation, Habitual Assault, Probation Violation, and giving Fictitious Information to an Officer. He has other charges as well from other jurisdictions: resisting an officer, to possession of controlled substances, to multiple DWI arrests, and embezzlement. He is a convicted felon whose criminal record dates back to 2002.

Regardless of whether she was an off-duty deputy, Officer Davis-Woodhouse had her own three children at her home when the suspect forced his way inside. Protecting them, as well as the neighbor, was a priority.

Coniglio’s condition has not been released, only that he was hospitalized.


Featured photo: Bart Anthony Coniglio

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