What began as a suspected home invasion ended with an alleged intruder shot dead by the homeowner in the Miami-Dade, Florida area. The shooting took place around 1:30 a.m. on February 12, 2018 at the home of a U.S. Customs & Border Patrol agent.
According to the Miami Herald, the sound of breaking glass awoke a female U.S. Customs & Border Patrol agent in the early hours of the morning. She confronted the suspected intruder, fired her weapon at him, and killed him.
There was a second woman in the home, located on the 9300 block of Southwest 72nd Avenue.
The suspect had allegedly gained entry into the border patrol agent’s home after breaking the glass on a sliding door.
There has been no mention of whether the suspect was carrying any weapons. Miami-Dade Sergeant and public information officer Carlos Rosario said, “We’re still combing through the house. I have no information on the intruder being armed.”
Use of Deadly Force
Under Florida Statute 776, a homeowner has rights to use non-deadly or deadly force against an intruder under the “Justifiable Use of Force” section.
“If he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use [deadly] force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself,” the homeowner has “no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground,” according to the statute.
The investigation is ongoing, but at present, it appears that the two women inside the home did not know the accused intruder. The names of the slain man and the border patrol agent have not been released.