Florida Homeowner Faces No Charges After Shooting Home Intruder

| by Jordan Smith
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A Florida homeowner will reportedly not be charged for the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old man who sought to enter his house Dec. 23.

Joe McKinney was at home with his wife and a friend when they heard a noise at the back of the house at around 9:30 p.m., according to WESH.

“He spoke with that individual and asked him who he was and what he was doing in his home," Twis Lizasuain of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office said, according to WESH. "That individual lunged at the homeowner twice, which forced the homeowner to shoot the suspect."

The intruder, Bo Garris, was a 30-year-old living on the same street as McKinney. They did not know each other.

The fatal incident occurred when McKinney confronted Garris in the porch area as Garris sought to gain entry to the kitchen.

Garris was taken to a hospital in St. Cloud, where he died from his injuries.

McKinney and his wife suffered no physical injuries and are recovering at home.

“It’s extremely hard," Jerry Hoffman, a family friend, told WESH. "Think about it: taking another man’s life. No one wants to do that."

Although police declined to press charges, an investigation is ongoing.

The incident in Florida came just hours after a homeowner confronted a similar situation in Las Vegas.

A couple was woken up at 5 a.m. on Dec. 23 by an intruder breaking into their apartment.

Lt. Dan McGrath of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told KSNV that the homeowner gave a verbal warning to the burglar, who was reportedly trying to kick down the door.

When the individual did not stop, the homeowner fired six shots. The intruder was struck in the head and died.

Police did not immediately decide to press charges in that case.

“We prefer people call 911 and wait for the police, but obviously if they’re in that position and somebody is breaking into their residence they have a right to defend themselves,” McGrath told the news station.

The case will be reviewed by the district attorney, who will decide if the homeowner can be cleared of all charges.

Sources: WESH, KSNV / Photo credit: Police photo via WFTV, Orlando Sentinel