An intruder was shot and killed when he entered a Lakeland, Florida, home on Jan. 1 while the owner was present.
Chevez Antwann Faison, 24, entered the occupied home around 6:30 a.m. and fired shots at two people.
The homeowner, Reuben Bailey Jr., 31, returned fire, killing him, according to The Ledger. Bailey and Alphonso James Milton III, 27, a neighbor who was inside the home, were not injured.
"Forcing your way into an occupied residence is a bold and foolish decision — if you are foolish enough to break into someone's home, you can expect to be shot in Polk County," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release obtained by Bay News 9.
A shooting death investigation is being performed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, The Ledger reported. It is not yet known whether Bailey will face any criminal charges.
He and Milton are said to be cooperating with the investigation.
"We still have a lot of questions that we don't have 100 percent of the answers for yet," said a sheriff’s department spokeswoman, Donna Wood, according to The Ledger.
Faison had a long criminal history, including being found guilty for grand theft of a firearm, burglary, grand theft of a dwelling, robbery, escape of a juvenile detention facility, battery on a detention officer, burglary with no weapon, escape or attempt to escape, and criminal mischief, reported The Ledger.
He was released from prison in March 2015, Wood said.