STORY UPDATE: 1/31/18
Due to recent updates from local news and authorities, it should be noted that information given prior has now been updated or was outright incorrect. Gabriel Jacobs car believed to be stolen from his stepfather was later confirmed as being in Gabriel’s possession with the knowledge of his step-father.
It should also be noted that the person who called the police was not the homeowner (Whose name has now been released as Michael Ives, 66) but rather his wife, while the homeowner was handling the situation of Jacobs trying to break down his door.
Also it is worth noting that in our original article below we stated that Jacobs was in the process of attempting to burglarize a home. Reviewing the news more closely it seems that we may have made some assumptions based on the original news reports. We can’t, and shouldn’t have presumed to know the intentions of Mr. Jacobs.
Finally, with regard to Jacobs, he is facing charges of burglary for this incident.
Original Story: Dated 1/29/2018
Home to Florida Southern College, Lakeland sits smack dab in the center of gun loving Florida. You would think that due to the amount of guns Floridians carry and how loud and proud they are about it some folks might get deterred from breaking into a Floridian’s home. Well unfortunately for a 19-year-old man from Lakeland he didn’t seem to get the memo.
This incident occurred a little after 3:00 in the morning on Sunday night. At the 1400 block of Shorewood Place in Lakeland, 19-year-old Gabriel Jacobs was in the process of attempting to burglarize a home. He was already in a stolen truck belonging to his step-father so to Jacobs this didn’t seem like too foreign of an idea to take what doesn’t belong to you.
Fortunately, unlike the case with the truck, this bout of thievery wasn’t going to go unchecked. See, Jacobs wasn’t the only one at this residence. The homeowner, whose name has not yet been released for safety purposes was also around and noticed the strange vehicle pulled up to his home.
When he saw Jacobs get out and move towards the home, the man inside called the local police and grabbed his shotgun and waited to see if he would need to use it before the police arrived.
Sure enough, Jacobs attempted to break into the home and upon kicking at the front door, the homeowner inside announced that he was indeed home and armed. This did not stop the criminal Jacobs, who proceeded to keep kicking in the front door, seemingly not caring that he had been warned of a gun on the other side.
Once Jacobs made it to the other side, he saw for himself that the homeowner wasn’t bluffing though. The homeowner shot Jacobs once he made it through the door and just like that, the situation was under control.
Police and medics arrived shortly thereafter, taking Jacobs to the ER where he is in critical condition at the time of writing this article.
As for the homeowner, it doesn’t seem that he will be facing any charges at this time for the defense of himself and his home.
What do you think of this story? Is your home ready to take on an invader like this? Let us know in the comments below.