Deputies: Man shot, killed burglary suspect in self-defense
Bianca Prieto | Sentinel Staff Writer
8:54 AM EST, March 6, 2009
A deadly shooting in an Orange County neighborhood was determined to be self-defense, according to information released this morning.
Investigators say the shooter, 35-year-old Willie Busby, was cooperative during the investigation and was acting in self-defense when he shot a man on his mother's property Thursday afternoon. After the shooting, Busby ran into a patch of woods near the home
at 1372 Claracona Road near Apopka.
Deputies responded to the shooting around 2:57 p.m. and found 22-year-old Robert Howard dead. An arrest warrant had recently been issued for Howard's arrest in connection to an armed burglary case. Howard is alleged to have stolen an AK-47 assault rifle, an AR-15 assault rifle, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and two shotguns. It's unclear where that burglary took place.
Howard has a long criminal history that includes arrests for trespassing, loitering and several separate arrests for drug possession and intent to distribute charges. His most recent arrest was in November for trespassing.
Busby, who does not have any arrests in Orange County, was not charged in connection to the shooting.