Sheriff Gregory Goreck warned would-be criminals to think twice after an alleged home intruder was shot four times in Haines City, Florida, “We live in Florida … most people are armed.”
“One should expect that if you are brazen enough to enter into someone’s residence and it is not yours, with intent to commit an unlawful act, there may be repercussions,” FOX News quoted Goreck saying.
He added, “We live in Florida, and more so, we live in Polk County, and most people are armed.”
A Haines City homeowner came home Friday morning around 1:45 a.m. to find an alleged intruder in his home, The Daily Ridge reported.
Unfortunately for the intruder, the homeowner was a concealed carry permit holder who shot the suspect four times.
The suspect, 27-year-old Tyriek Tramaine Washington, fled the scene but was caught soon by police before being hospitalized in “critical but stable condition.”
“When a person breaks the sanctity of a person’s home, the average person would rightly conclude their purpose was evil,” said Police Chief Greg Goreck.
“The homeowner had every right to take the action he did in this case based on the circumstances.”
Authorities are still investigating the incident and attempting to locate the second suspect.
Police say the homeowner fully complied with police and answered all questions before officers determined he had legally defended his home.