Donovan Stewart said he didn’t like it when a would-be robber shoved an AK-47 rifle in his face.
The 60-year-old Miami man said he had to think quickly after someone broke into his van while he was sleeping. His 11-year-old son and girlfriend were also in the van at the time.
“The guy I killed last night, he put an AK-47 in my damn face,” Stewart told Miami CBS-affiliate WFOR-TV.
“I am from Kingston in Jamaica,” he said, “and I am not going to go out like a punk. So, I emptied my Glock in his chest. This man tried to get in my van while I was sleeping and he was surprised to see what I did.”
He then demonstrated the event for WFOR.
“He opened the door like this and pointed his AK-47 and I reached around like this and got my gun. That is how I did this to him,” Stewart said.
Stewart added that he has training in security, has a state firearms license, a concealed carry permit from the state of Florida and is a member of the NRA.
“You don’t just wake me up in the morning, push an AK up my nose and think you’re going to live. No,” Stewart said. “They tried the wrong person with that.”
Miami police say that, while this appears to be a case of self-defense, the department still is investigating.
While investigating the scene, a young woman, Delilah Gaitor, approached the Miami police, stating that the dead gunman was the same person who robbed her earlier that weekend.
Gaitor said the robber forced her to open the door and she handed over $600 cash, her iPhone and the keys to her car. “I was devastated and emotional,” she said.
She admonished the dead man’s actions saying she felt “relieved right now. … This is crazy to rob this man. He has a family and to do something like that while he was living in a van is not right.”
Miami officials told WFOR they will be working to determine if the unidentified dead man robbed other people.
In addition, officers confiscated Stewart’s gun and van as part of their procedures. Since the van was Stewart’s home and the seizure renders him homeless, authorities are going to help him find assistance, WFOR reported.
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