As a homeowner in Sunrise, Florida was in his house, he noticed a car with three men that he didn’t recognize pull up outside. As the trio got out of the vehicle and approached his home, the homeowner grabbed his shotgun and dialed 911. As he did, two of the men approached the back of his home, attempting to break in through the glass patio door. While the homeowner was on the phone with 911 he fired a shot and missed, but fired again and managed to hit of the suspects. As the perpetrator reached for something, the homeowner fired a third shot and killed the man. The other two fled the scene.
Both of the living suspects were later arrested and the homeowner was able to confirm their identity in a police lineup. The pair face charges related to the violent attempted burglary as well as the death of their friend. In Florida, when you’re committing a violent felony, you can be charged with the murder of any of your accomplices that go down during the event — despite not having willfully killed them yourself. One suspect admitted to the crime and the other admits to being the getaway driver.
In the end, the homeowner had no choice but to fire his shotgun as the perpetrators showed their full intentions of coming into his home. The homeowner did the right thing by contacting police and defending himself. If he didn’t have that gun, who knows what the thieves would have done while waiting on police to arrive on the scene.