Ocala, Florida – A homeowner shot and killed two men and drove away their accomplices on July 10th at around 8:30 p.m.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office report their deputies responded to a call of shots fired at a home located in the 14900 block of SE 32nd Court Rd.
As they cleared their way into the home, they first discovered 21-year-old Keith Jackson lying dead on the floor and wearing a “Jason” mask and gloves. Next to his head lay a semi-automatic pistol with the slide locked to the rear.
As deputies continued to secure the premises, they came upon yet another man suffering from gunshot wounds. 22-year-old Nigel Doyle was discovered laying outside the home where he’d collapsed next to his shotgun.
Deputies then found the homeowner in the bedroom with his AR-15 across his knees and suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Two other men, 22-year-old Seth Rodriguez and 19-year-old Robert Hamilton, were arrested in connection with the home invasion after a Sheriff’s Office K-9 team tracked them to where they’d attempted to hide in a nearby copse of trees.
Medics arrived and transported Doyle and the victim to Ocala Regional Medical Center where Doyle died of the wounds he’d sustained in the gunfight. The homeowner is reported to be in stable condition.
The victim told detectives with Major Crimes that he’d heard a knock at his door about an hour before the shooting occurred. When he didn’t bother to answer the door, he saw a man he recognized from a previous Craigslist transaction staring in through back sliding glass door.
He said the man mentioned the Craigslist transaction and that his vehicle had broken down. He asked for help, but the victim said he was disabled and could be of no assistance. The suspect left and the homeowner went to bed.
A short time later he was awakened to a loud noise as 4 armed and masked men stormed into his home. Snatching up the AR-15 he keeps next to his bed; he went to investigate and confront the intruders.
The victim told detectives he didn’t recall who fired first, but during the gunfight he shot a masked man who fired back. Then he began taking shots from another intruder and shifted his fire to the new threat.
He retreated back into his bedroom after sustaining a wound to the stomach by the Jason-masked Jackson. In the post firefight quiet, the unidentified homeowner said he could hear moans from one of the mortally wounded men, indicating some of his rounds had found threats.
Outside the home deputies found a black Volkswagen staged close by with the doors open for a quick getaway. A check of the car’s registration revealed it to be registered to both Keith Jackson and Keith Jackson Jr.
Hamilton and Rodriguez told investigators they had gone to the home because they were aware of guns and marijuana in the home and had gone there to rob the owner.
- As we can see from this situation, rifles firing high velocity rounds are a far better home defense weapon and win out over shotguns and pistols as it did here. Not only is the .223/5.56 more lethal, the small size of the bullets makes them break up easily and helps reduce the chance for collateral damage due to over penetration, even more so then pistols and shotguns.
- 30 rounds in the rifle without having to reload is another reason the AR-15 is a superior home defense weapon. The large magazine capacity makes the prospects of winning a gun fight increase in your favor when fighting multiple threats. Fortunately, the other two suspects fled the scene and left behind their fallen accomplices. If they had not, however, the ability to stay in the fight with ammunition in the gun becomes even more important for survival.
- Keep information about where you live and what you have in your home to yourself and only tell others on a need to know basis to help prevent becoming a target. Craigslist transactions should be done away from your home, in a public place in broad daylight. It’s conceivable the alleged home invaders used the Craigslist meeting as a pretense to case the victim’s home.
- Utilizing cover within your own home is something that should be thought of in advance of a real-life home defense scenario to help prevent being shot like this homeowner has. Learn how to do this and other methods of home defense with the Complete Home Defense – Tactics For Defending Your Castle.