VERO BEACH, FL — When a pair of thugs tried to get the best of an armed homeowner at his own place, they soon found out how terrible an idea that often plays out to be.
One was wounded, and the other booked it for the hills as fast as his little legs would carry him.
As WPBF reports:
A Treasure Coast man who shot an intruder at his home Thursday night will not be charged.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar made that announcement Friday afternoon, saying it appears 25-year-old Taylor Reese was defending himself. According to Sheriff Loar, Reese heard someone breaking down the door of his home on 14th Place SW just before 6 o’clock Thursday night. The sheriff said Reese grabbed his gun, went to check out the noises, and found himself face to face with two people trying to break into his home.
“One of the suspects fired several rounds at the victim,” Sheriff Loar said. “The victim returned fire, striking the suspect.”
Sheriff Loar identified the wounded suspect as Howard Bartee III. Bartee was shot twice, once in the thigh and once in the head. He remains in the hospital but is expected to recover.
The second suspect is a juvenile who ran from the home. He turned himself into deputies Friday afternoon… Sheriff Loar said charges are pending against the two suspects. He added he hopes this incident serves as a message to criminals that a good portion of residents in Indian River County are armed.
“Just shy of ten percent are lawfully possessing firearms,” Sheriff Loar said. “That’s something to keep in mind.”
If there’s a sweeter sight than a responsibly-armed homeowner defending themselves and their loved ones, it’s a sheriff that back his or her community’s right to keep and bear arms.
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