Homeowner shoots home invasion suspect
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- A homeowner shot an injured one suspect after an attempted home robbery.
Miramar Police responded to an attempted home invasion and shooting at 5234 SW 149 Ave., shortly before midnight Sunday.
According to police, the homeowner heard something or someone entering his house and fired at one of the suspects. "When he opened the front door, these men who were masked, by the way, at least one of them was carrying a firearm, rushed at him, and at that point, he was in fear and started firing his gun," said Miramar Police spokesperson Tania Rues.
At least two suspects ran away, one of them was struck multiple times. Police said the homeowner had the right to fight back. "He was basically in fear for his life," said Rues.
Police believe the masked men may have jumped over the fence to get inside the gated community.
Neighbors were surprised by news of the shooting. "I've lived here probably since 2005, and we've never had any issues like this," said Ana Rodriguez. "I've never seen something like this happen, no burglaries that I know of or anything big like this."
The suspect, who was shot was transported to a nearby hospital, is in serious but stable condition.
Gloria Castano, who lives nearby said, "I'm scared because I used to leave my door open sometimes, and now I feel like I can't leave the doors open."
Police believe there are several suspects who remain at large. If you have any information on this attempted home invasion, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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