(BREAKING WIDE) — Florida Sheriff on Latest Killing: “shooter was perfectly legal to defend her home from a burglar.”
Early in the morning in an unincorporated area of Auburndale in Polk County, a Florida woman shot and killed a man who returned to her home after an argument early Saturday and tried to break in.
Sheriff Grady Judd at a news conference said it appeared the “shooter was perfectly legal to defend her home from a burglar.” “You have a right to protect yourself in your home and be free from home invaders, armed burglars, and certainly he was armed with a tire iron and making an attempt to come in through the window,” Judd said. “She stopped him. She stopped him permanently.”
The homeowner and the suspect were known to each other, the sheriff said. They had gone out the night before to a pool hall in Lakeland with another man and a woman who was the suspect’s live-in girlfriend. The group of four returned to the woman’s home after stopping at a liquor store for a bottle of whiskey.
The suspect and his girlfriend got into a “heated argument” around 6 a.m., and the two men left the home, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The two women stayed at the home. The suspect drove to the end of the street with his friend before deciding to turn around to get his girlfriend to go home with him, Judd said. The suspect banged and kicked the front door, demanding to see his girlfriend.
The other man tried to get the suspect to leave, but the suspect grabbed a tire iron from his car and smashed a window of the home. The suspect was yelling and threatened to kill the two women, the sheriff’s office said.
The woman who owned the home got a handgun and shut the suspect up permanently.
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