Last week, a 61-year-old Florida homeowner in Summerfield used his AR-15 assault rifle to neutralize intruders and save his own life after being shot by one of the criminals. The violent incident happened around 8:20 pm on July 17, 2019, a Wednesday evening.
The Marion County homeowner, who is remaining anonymous according to the Sheriff’s Office, said that a man he recognized from a previous Craigslist deal approached his house saying he needed help with car trouble. The man peered through a back sliding-glass door and the homeowner told him, behind closed doors, that he couldn’t help because he had a physical disability.
The man seeking auto assistance left. The homeowner went to sleep but was awakened later by a loud noise. He grabbed his AR-15 assault rifle and prepared to defend himself and his home.
The armed homeowner saw a figure wearing a Jason (the title character of a slasher horror film) hockey mask inside the home. He and the intruders exchanged gunfire. The homeowner reported that he shot at the masked man and at a second person who was heading toward him.
Deputies arrived in response to a report of shots fired after receiving a call at 8:21 pm. They discovered the bleeding body of one of the armed intruders outside the home, with a shotgun lying nearby.
Inside the home, the deputies found another armed intruder killed by the homeowner, the thug wearing the Jason mask, who was dressed in a black shirt and gloves. There was a pistol beside his head.
The homeowner was rescued from his bedroom where his stomach was bleeding from a gunshot wound. He had laid his AR-15 on his legs when law enforcement officials found him.
Keith Jackson, Jr. (21) was dead by the time the deputies arrived on the scene. He was wearing the Jason mask. The homeowner identified Jackson as the intruder who shot him.
Nigel Doyle (22) was injured after being shot with the homeowner’s rifle. It was Doyle who was shot outside the home. Doyle and the homeowner and were taken to the hospital, where the second intruder died.
Law enforcement officials searched the 20-acre residential property and found two more suspected robbers, Robert John Hamilton (19) and Seth Adam Rodriquez (22), who were hiding in tall grass and sweating in the Florida heat and humidity – not to mention from nerves. Both men were arrested.
Rodriguez told police the four men conspired to steal marijuana and guns from the targeted home.
Hamilton was charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm. Rodriguez stands accused of murder and home invasion robbery with a firearm. Both miscreants were being held in the Marion County Jail without bond.
The injured homeowner who was hospitalized was listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon with injuries that are reportedly not life-threatening.
Detectives involved in the case say there are no charges against him because, in Florida, responsible gun ownership is legal.
A similar incident of effective home protection through deadly force happened in Sunrise, another Florida city, on December 2, 2016. Warren Darlow saw an unfamiliar car pull into his driveway and saw men he didn’t know get out of the car and walk toward his home.
Darlow loaded a shotgun and called 911. While on the phone, the suspects shattered a glass door and broke in. Darlow told the emergency services dispatcher:
“They’re in my house right now.”
Fearing for his life, the homeowner fired his shotgun three times. The second and third shots struck an intruder.
“I killed one, I think,” Darlow reported to the dispatcher. Saying he didn’t know how many others were inside his house, Darlow asked the dispatcher “to tell the cops to hurry.”
The injured perpetrator was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Two other suspects, Jose Coleman (26) and Curtis Jefferies (23), were positively identified by Darlow as participants in his home invasion and arrested. Both were charged with homicide-willful kill-murder while engaged in certain felony and burglary-dwelling structure or conveyance armed.
Darlow was not charged for killing the intruder.
Both of the homeowners in these cases would undoubtedly be dead if they hadn’t protected their “castles” with deadly force against deadly force.
These two homeowners survived home invasions thanks to Americans’ 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Thank you, Lady Liberty!