Orange County homeowner shoots, kills burglar
Second burglar also shot
Sentinel Staff Writer
8:15 a.m. EDT, October 14, 2009
The fatal shooting of an Orange County burglar is under investigation this morning.
Sheriff's deputies said the residents of a northwest Orange County home shot and killed a burglar Tuesday. A second burglar suffered injuries in the confrontation with the homeowner.
Jim Solomons said the homeowner arrived at his residence in the 6700 block of Rubens Court, near Hiawassee and Clarcona Ocoee roads, at 10:40 p.m. and noticed burglars inside the house.
At some point, the homeowner armed himself with a handgun and approached his home. When he reached the front door, one of the suspects opened the door and quickly shut it.
The homeowner then used a remote control to open the garage door and saw the two suspects rush back into the house, the report shows. Sheriff's deputies said the man walked into his house, confronted the suspects and fired his weapon.
He then called 911 dispatch operators to report the burglary and told them the second suspect could still be inside the house.
Deputies arrived and discovered only the body of one suspect inside the home.
Moments later, a neighbor called 911 to report an injured man in the driveway of a home in the 6800 block of Windstream Terrace -- about a block from the first incident. Investigators determined that man had been involved in the Rubens Court burglary.
Orange County Fire Rescue crews transported the injured suspect to Orlando Regional Medical Center. His condition is not known.
It is unclear if the homeowner suffered injury during the struggle with the suspects. Investigators did not release the names of the suspects.