GOOD: Women Stops Home Invader - Lynn Haven, FL

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    GOOD: Women Stops Home Invader - Lynn Haven, FL

    Woman shoots home invader through abdomen | andrews, haven, lynn - News - NWFDailynews.com

    LYNN HAVEN - Lynn Haven police were looking Friday for two suspects in a home invasion and attempted robbery.

    Melissa Galarza, of 817 Bradford Circle, answered a knock on her door Thursday evening, and two white males charged into the home and demanded "the money," a Lynn Haven officer wrote in an incident report.

    One of the men punched Galarza in the face twice and knocked her to the floor. The men covered her mouth to keep her from screaming and kept demanding the money, reports said.

    While on the floor, Galarza remembered she had a gun within reach on the bottom shelf of her coffee table. She drew the weapon, and the two men backed off before charging at her again. Galarza said she fired in self-defense, and the men fled her home together, report said.

    Galarza suffered minor injuries in the incident, officials said.

    Galarza's bullet went through the abdomen of one of the suspects, 26-year-old Matthew Andrews, officials said.

    Andrews went to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. While at the hospital, Andrews was met by the Panama City Police Department and an investigator questioned him about the wound, said Capt. Mark Aviles.

    Andrews told the investigator he was the victim of a robbery on 15th Street but that he did not want to file a police report and did not want to speak with officers further, Aviles said.

    The investigator interviewed Andrews and his girlfriend, who was not named, for about an hour, then took his photograph and gathered his contact information, Aviles said.

    The investigator left the hospital but later was informed that Lynn Haven police believed the man was a suspect in a home invasion and officials there would be taking over the case.

    Andrews checked himself out of the hospital before Lynn Haven officers arrived, said Chief David Messer.

    "He just checked out before we got there," Messer said. "They can't hold him."

    Lynn Haven officials issued a warrant for Andrews' arrest and still were trying Friday to identify the second suspect in the home invasion.

    Messer said Garlarza identified Andrews as one of the men who invaded her home.

    Lynn Haven officials said the two men targeted her home specifically and described the attempted robbery as an isolated incident.

    After the incident, Galarza and her boyfriend drove around town looking for the suspects and talked with some of their neighbors, Messer said. They did not call the police, he added.

    "Finally, a neighbor called us," Messer said.

    That delay in contacting police contributed to the delay in Lynn Haven officials arriving at the hospital, Messer said.

    Messer said he is confident Andrews will be caught.

    "He's not somebody that can go far, I don't think," he said.
    Good on the woman for having a weapon available, but does anyone else think this is fishy? Driving around looking for the perps instead of calling the PD? Sounds to me like drugs are involved.
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    So, the Galarza home was targeted for burglary because the BGs knew it had "the money" and the Galarzas did not want to call police after the violent home invasion. Really makes you think that the Galarzas had something to hide, like an ongoing drug operation, doesn't it?

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    can the victim be charged with not reporting this shooting?

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    Agreed, this story sounds and smells like carp.

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    One usually doesn't contact the cops if your actions would be considered suspect by reporting said incident......yes, I'd say, "Something is rotten in England".
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    Something isn't right, and I agree... definitely sounds like a drug or other funny business related incident.

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