Florida Sheriff: Shoot if someone breaks into your home

PACE, Fla. — A Florida sheriff invited a homeowner who shot a would-be robber to a gun safety course to “learn how to shoot much better” and “save taxpayers’ money.”

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson made the statement during a news conference last Thursday regarding the arrest of a 32-year-old man who was breaking into homes in Pace, near Pensacola in Florida’s Panhandle.

Several local residents called 911 last Wednesday to report the burglaries, and lawmakers quickly established a perimeter, Johnson said. The suspect jumped fences and broke into houses as deputies tried to catch him.

“We don’t know which homeowner shot him. I think they think they did something wrong that they didn’t do,” Johnson said. “If someone breaks into your home, you’re welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County.

He added that the sheriff’s office conducts a gun safety class every other Saturday.

“If you take that, you’re going to shoot a lot better and hopefully save taxpayers’ money,” he added.

After the man was shot, officers eventually caught up with him, already at another home. When they forced open a door he was trying to block, the man went headfirst through a window to escape, cutting himself on the glass pane.

The man has a record dating back as far as he was 13, Johnson said. He had served more than six years in prison and had active arrest warrants against him at the time of his arrest. He is being held on $157,500 bail and is facing multiple charges, records show.

“He just can’t imagine that crime doesn’t pay,” the sheriff said.

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