The small Citrus County town of Lecanto was the scene of a defensive shooting late last Friday night. During which an elderly U.S. Navy Veteran had his combat skills called upon him once again. This time to defend himself against a home invader hell-bent on harming him.
This incident started at around 11:30 at night on Friday when 36-year-old Joshua Bernard knocked on the door of 71-year-old Navy veteran Carmelo Marchese’s front door.
The late and sudden nature of the knocking was a shock to Carmelo as well as his dog Daisy who proceeded to go wild barking at the noise. Still, though, Carmelo saw it right to go and at least see who was at the door.
Little did he know that on the other side waiting to attack was Bernard. So when Carmelo opened the door there was little time to defend himself from the attacking perp.
As soon as Carmelo opened the door he was attacked by Joshua Bernard, the latter aiming for the former’s throat, attempting to choke the homeowner.
Now even though Joshua Bernard was fitter and had the element of surprise on his side, Carmelo had a surprise of his own waiting. A surprise that would more than make this a fair fight.
As Bernard was attacking Carmelo, the former Navy man turned to a trusted friend that he has spent a lot of time with in his life. His sidearm. This would prove to be an ally once again as Carmelo managed to wrestle enough out of Bernard’s grip to adequately hold onto his gun and fire off a round into Bernard’s chest.
This shot was enough to stop Bernard in his tracks. At least long enough for Carmelo to call the authorities who came quickly to haul Bernard off to the hospital where he will stay until he heads off to jail for burglary and battery. Carmelo, on the other hand, will not be facing any charges for the matter.
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