According to WTSP, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of an attempted burglary just after 1:00 p.m. yesterday. Upon arrival, they discovered a 15-year-old victim who said he was home alone when he heard banging near the back of the house.
When he went to investigate, he saw a man trying to open the back door.
The teen immediately armed himself with a shotgun and fired a warning shot into an interior door, which caused the suspect to flee.
The victim was well within his rights to fire the warning shot. As GunsSaveLives.net points out, Florida “recently made changes to their self defense laws clarifying that warning shots in defensive situations are legal.”
Police established a perimeter and used a K-9 unit to track the suspect, but they came up empty.
As WTSP reports, the suspect is described as a 5’10” to 6′ tall white male wearing a black mask, black zippered jacket, blue jeans, and thin to medium build.
Anybody with any information about the suspect is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at 941-861-4900, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.
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