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81-Year-Old Edgewater Man Defends Himself Against Burglar

Edgewater Florida Shooting

On the outskirts of the small city of Edgewater, a burglar thought he had found an easy house to make his target on the morning of October 9th, but little did he know he was about to enter a world he never wanted due to the home’s 81-year-old resident and his trusty firearm.

The story began at about 9:15 in the morning on Monday according to the as-of-yet unnamed 81-year-old man’s 911 call and police report. According to the man, he was laying in bed when he heard a stranger ringing the doorbell and knocking on his front door. Due to the fact this man was a stranger, the homeowner didn’t get up to answer the door. However, this gave the burglar an in or at least that’s what he thought.

After the door was not answered, the burglar, assuming the home was empty moved to the back of the house where he attempted to get in through a window that he broke trying to get inside.

This sound sprung up the already on-edge homeowner. He now knew that this stranger at the door had a more sinister mindset. The 81-year-old man grabbed his .22 caliber pistol and headed to the window that was the source of the sound.

When the homeowner arrived at the window he saw the arm of the burglar pushing through broken glass in an attempt to open the window fully. That’s when the homeowner started firing his gun. In a call to the 911 operator, the homeowner said of the moment he started shooting …

“I fired a whole bunch of them. I don’t know whether I hit him or not, one time I heard him say, ‘Oh,'” 

And that he did. The homeowner fired three to four shots at the invader before the man ran off to his mid-2000s Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and even after he ran off, the old man fired more shots at the fleeing burglar. 

At the time of writing this writing, police had not yet captured him the suspected burglar.

If you would like to help police find this man, he is described as being in his 30s or 40s with dirty blond hair, wearing a light blue shirt and khaki pants. He has not been arrested.

Anyone with information about that man’s identity or the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS or westopcrime.com.

What do you think of this story? Are you ready to defend your home in case this occurs to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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