Melbourne, Fla Man Kills Intruder
From Florida Today, February 23, 2006
Brevard homeowner kills intruder
Trespasser banged on doors, windows
BY JUAN ORTEGA
A homeowner fatally shot an intruder Tuesday afternoon after the man had
approached four homes and kicked in the front door of one home, police said.
Melbourne resident Pete Frink told police he feared for his life when the man
approached him "aggressively" and "irrationally" in his Colbert Circle home. He used
a small-caliber handgun to shoot the man once near his rib cage, Melbourne police
Cmdr. Jim Gibbens said in a statement.
Witnesses said the man approached four homes: First on the west side of Colbert,
then headed north on the road's east side. He approached homes, banged on or
broke windows, jumped over chain-link fences and ultimately broke through the
Frinks' front door.
That sent Frink's wife, Emily, running south on Colbert shouting, "Help! There's
someone in my house."
She ran to Eddie Hardison's house and asked his wife, Ann, to phone police.
The intruder's behavior baffled frightened neighbors.
"Why did he do that? It's scary that he would do this in broad daylight knowing
people are in the house," neighbor Rosemary Rasbin said.
She heard a loud noise and screaming. Then she saw her window was broken, so
she jumped out her bedroom window. She had scrapes on her face and arms. The
shooting happened next door.
Police found the man, whom they didn't identify, on the Frinks' bedroom floor about
He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where he was
No charges have been filed and an investigation continues.
Pete Frink said he initially tried to get the man, whom he described as out of control,
to leave his house, Gibbens said. When that failed, he fired.
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"The identity of the subject is not known at this time and how the subject came to be
on Colbert Circle is still unknown," Gibbens wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.
State law says if someone invades your home and you fear for you life you are
allowed to defend yourself.
If police deem the shooting justified, it would be the first of the year.
But this isn't the first homeowner to kill an intruder. In May 2005, a 64-year-old
widow defending herself fatally shot a man after he broke into her Indialantic home.
In September 2005, a man was fatally shot after he pounded on a neighbor's front
door. The homeowner was found to be legally defending himself.
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