Florida man armed with machete shot dead by cops after home invasion

A Florida man with a machete was shot dead by police after allegedly breaking into a home that the homeowner crawled into bed with and injuring an officer Thursday morning, officials said.

The homeowner was sleeping in an apartment next door to his Fruitville home when he suddenly awoke around 9:30 a.m. to find a stranger inside sharpening a machete on a baseball bat, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said

“I have a burglar who broke into my house. He’s got a friggin’ machete and he’s a little busted,” the homeowner said on an emergency call, ABC13 reported.

While the homeowner was on the phone with the control center, he fled outside. Police arrived minutes later and found the confused suspect still inside with the machete, according to the sheriff’s office.

The stranger was inside the homeowner's apartment sharpening the machete on a baseball bat, the sheriff's office said.
The stranger was inside the homeowner’s apartment sharpening the machete on a baseball bat, the sheriff’s office said.
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“I woke up on a mattress and there’s a guy lying next to me and he’s like, ‘I love you,'” he continued. “I’m crazy. He has my machete in his hand. Boy, thank god they got here quick.”

As four MPs arrived, the suspect approached them with a machete and cut one MP’s hand, causing “serious injuries,” police said.

At that point, two police officers opened fire and killed the suspect.

The injured officer was taken to a local hospital for surgery, officials said.

“I pray to God he doesn’t lose his fingers or his hand. I can tell you it’s not life threatening, but these are critical injuries,” Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Kaitlyn Perez told ABC13.

The homeowner said he woke up next to a man on a mattress and said,
The homeowner said he woke up next to a man on a mattress and said, “I love you.”
FOX13
The suspect fled outside as soon as the homeowner called police on Thursday morning, August 18, 2022.
The suspect fled outside as soon as the homeowner called police on Thursday morning, August 18, 2022.
FOX13

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