Widow uses gun, instincts to fend off burgler
Judith Kuntz, 64, hunkered down in her darkened bedroom late Sunday evening, arming herself with a revolver.
A burglar had just broken into her Indialantic home and, fearing for her life, she said she let her instincts take over.
When the burglar, who had a flashlight, entered the room, Kuntz fired one round from her .38-caliber handgun.
Hit squarely in the chest, the unidentified intruder ran outside, where he collapsed and died.
On Monday, Kuntz was still shaken, but she briefly recalled her ordeal.
"I'm doing fine under the circumstances," she said. "I don't take any joy in somebody being dead. My self-preservation instinct took over."
She would not discuss the incident further.
"I don't feel real safe," said Kuntz, who has lived alone since her husband died nearly five years ago. "This has been a horrifying experience."
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said she was justified in defending herself and will not face charges. The revolver was hers, inherited through her family, investigators said.
Agent Lou Heyn of the Sheriff's Office said the unidentified man entered Kuntz's home on Avenida del Mar by pulling the window off a back door.
"Occupied burglaries are rare, and this underscores that it is dangerous for the burglar and the homeowner," Heyn said. "Crime can be a tough career."
The intruder, who was not carrying identification, was described as a white male 35 to 45 years old, with dark-brown hair and a dark-brown mustache. He was wearing light-blue swim shorts, tennis shoes and a blue T-shirt.
Investigators are hoping to identify him through his tattoos. He has a cross on his right hand between his index finger and thumb and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on his upper left arm. There also are the names of at least four women tattooed on his upper right arm.
Anyone with information about the man is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 321-633-7162 or Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.