Port St. Lucie Florida BG shot in home-invasion

Port St. Lucie Florida BG shot in home-invasion

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    Port St. Lucie man injured in home-invasion shooting
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    By ANA X. CERON

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2008

    PORT ST. LUCIE Brenda Lewis sat across the street from her house and tried not to cry.

    Her husband, Paul, was being interviewed Tuesday afternoon by detectives after he shot a man who police believe was trying to break into the light brown house on Floresta Drive.


    "He shot the guy," Brenda said as neighbors comforted her.

    At about 2 p.m., Paul Lewis, 46, was laying on his bed when the doorbell rang at the one-story house in the 200 block of N.E. Floresta, police said. Also at the house were his two daughters and a niece - ranging in age from 6 and 8 - and a family friend, who went to check the door. When she asked Paul whether he was expecting anyone, he said no, police reported.

    So Paul retrieved a handgun from his nightstand, according to police, and went to the door. When he got there, he said he saw a man head to the side privacy fence and jump into his backyard.

    Paul next heard his sliding glass door rattle, and when he looked out his kitchen window, he saw the intruder trying to get in, police said.

    "At this point we don't believe the suspect knew anybody was home," Officer Robert Vega, police spokesman, said Tuesday.

    When the stranger tried prying open the window, Paul shot him, police said. Then he called 911.

    In the meantime, the suspect fled in a white sedan, which crashed about a half-mile away into a telephone pole along Airoso Boulevard. The man, in his mid- to late-20s, was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, authorities said. His identity and condition were not known late Tuesday.

    "My husband is a computer, nerdy guy," said Brenda Lewis, who was not home at the time of the shooting. "He's never shot a gun in his life, but you gotta protect your family. Times are rough right now."

    Police on Tuesday were still investigating the shooting, declining to say whether Paul was justified in firing at the suspect under Florida's Castle Doctrine law. It allows the use of deadly force if there is a "reasonable fear of imminent peril."

    "Whether or not this is one of those cases, we don't know," Vega said.

    Brenda said her family was shaken up over the incident, but otherwise was fine. As neighbors stood by the yellow police tape to watch the scene, she thought of the suspect too.

    "I still feel for whoever got hurt," she said.

    Staff researchers Sammy Alzofon and Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.
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    Police on Tuesday were still investigating the shooting, declining to say whether Paul was justified in firing at the suspect under Florida's Castle Doctrine law. It allows the use of deadly force if there is a "reasonable fear of imminent peril."


    From what we know...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    From what we know...........

    +1 But


    "My husband is a computer, nerdy guy," said Brenda Lewis, who was not home at the time of the shooting. "He's never shot a gun in his life, but you gotta protect your family. Times are rough right now."


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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    +1 But


    "My husband is a computer, nerdy guy," said Brenda Lewis, who was not home at the time of the shooting. "He's never shot a gun in his life, but you gotta protect your family. Times are rough right now."


    Why would you own a gun for home defense that you have never fired?
    Ever used a fire extinguisher?

    I know he's dumb for not learning to use it, but it's better to have it even so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    +1 But

    Why would you own a gun for home defense that you have never fired?
    You have to start somewhere.......
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    Sounds like he figured out which end goes bang pretty well.

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    If he doesn't know enough to practice once in a while, he probably doesn't know not to talk to police without an attorney either.
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    Call the police at the first sign of trouble - jumping over the fence. Basic CYA.
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    He sounds like one of the "Computer Nerdy Guys" here at DC.
    She just didn't know who she was living with.
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    Port St. Lucie man injured in home-invasion shooting
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    By ANA X. CERON

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2008

    PORT ST. LUCIE —

    ...Police on Tuesday were still investigating the shooting, declining to say whether Paul was justified in firing at the suspect under Florida's Castle Doctrine law. It allows the use of deadly force if there is a "reasonable fear of imminent peril."

    "Whether or not this is one of those cases, we don't know," Vega said...

    Staff researchers Sammy Alzofon and Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.
    I was assuming that Castle Law Doctrines makes the definition that breaking and entering into your home IS imminent peril.

    Why are they investigating to see if it was reasonable for him to fear imminent peril?
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    Thank you Mr. Lewis...
    Great detective work, too...you solved many future crimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    I was assuming that Castle Law Doctrines makes the definition that breaking and entering into your home IS imminent peril.

    Why are they investigating to see if it was reasonable for him to fear imminent peril?
    In FL law, as I recall, the person who lives there can assume that the person breaking in is, by definition, considered to be committing a violent felony.
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