Police: Shooting robbers was okay, but gun resident used was not
Gary Taylor Sentinel Staff Writer
4:50 p.m. EDT, September 14, 2009
A homeowner who shot two gunmen after they broke into his home Sunday will not face charges for that, but is in trouble because the gun he used to shoot them had been illegally modified.
Meanwhile, Ormond Beach's mayor said his city is a safer place to live because the resident opened fire on the suspects.
Based on what I have read about the case, said Mayor Fred Costello, "I am of the opinion that because the victim was armed and chose to use his firepower in response to the invasion of his home, all our residents are safer and will have less of a threat from subsequent home invasions."
New details were released today about the incident that occurred about 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Cypress Circle.
William S. Bell, 31, of Daytona Beach, Christopher C. Young, 28, of New Smyrna Beach and Brandy Lee Harris, 28, of Ormond Beach, all face a charge of home-invasion robbery, Ormond Beach police Sgt. Kenny Hayes said.
All three were shot by the homeowner, 34-year-old Dayne Rollins, Hayes said. Bell and Young are at Halifax Health Medical Center with injuries that are serious, but not life-threatening, he said. Harris is in the Volusia County Branch Jail.
Detectives have no plans to charge Rollins for shooting the robbers, but they do plan to charge him with possession of a short-barreled shotgun, a second-degree felony, because the gun he used has been modified by sawing off the barrel and stock
, Hayes said.
Rollins, who said he suffered injuries including a dislocated shoulder, did not want to discuss the incident when contacted today. "I was violated," he said. "I'm feeling pretty rough right now."
Hayes said Rollins new Harris and picked her up at a convenience store Sunday morning after she called him and said she wanted to smoke marijuana, Hayes said.
They were only inside the house a minute or two when Bell and Young barged in, Hayes said. Rollins' roommate, Jason Rockwell, 30, was also inside the residence.
While Young armed himself with a rifle from inside the home and held it on Rockwell, Bell confronted Rollins with a small-caliber handgun and demanded "everything you've got," Hayes said.
Harris became involved in the robbery when she handed ammunition for the rifle to young, Hayes said.
After Rollins gave Bell several hundred dollars in cash and some prescription pills, the three left and when to the other side of the duplex, where Rollins' mother lives, Hayes said. That's when Rollins grabbed the shotgun and confronted the three at his mother's front door, he said.
The suspects pointed their guns at Rollins and shots were exchanged. Rollins fired at least four shots, striking all three, who ran to a black Nissan parked on the street, Hayes said. Young left in the car, while the other two fled on foot.
Bell was captured by Ormond Beach police Officer Jay Brennan while trying to hide in some bushes in nearby Milton Pepper Park. Harris briefly sought refuge at a nearby home and then ran to Florida Hospital Oceanside where she sought treatment for a grazing bullet wound to the head, Hayes said.
She ran from the hospital when she learned police were being called but was located hours later. Young was captured during a traffic stop in Daytona Beach.
Detectives believe the crime was planned in advance by Bell, Young, and Harris and that Rollins was targeted due to Harris' knowledge of his keeping cash and medications at his residence, Hayes said.