A home intruder in Jacksonville, Florida was shot and killed by the homeowner, who earned a misdemeanor charge for illegal possession of a firearm.
The suspect, a black man in his early 20s, broke into the home through a side window around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Jacksonville’s Channel 4 News.
“During that break-in the homeowner approached the suspect and fired a shot,” reported Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jay Farhat. “The suspect was struck and transported to UF hospital where he died.”
The home was a rental property of 59-year-old Michael Jay Acord, who had spent the night there after doing some work on the house.
Police interviewed the homeowner and decided the shooting was justified—but took him to Duval County Jail for having a gun on him. Acord was served with an injunction in January 2012 for protection against repeated violence that stated "Respondent shall not use or possess a firearm or ammunition."
"It appears that there was an injunction for protection filed against him earlier sometime last year and the stipulation was he was not suppose to have a firearm on him,” said Sgt. Farhat.
“So at this point in time we will be charging him with a misdemeanor violation of injunction however, the shooting itself appears to be justifiable," he added.
Acord told police a neighbor had lent him the 20-guage shotgun with which he shot the would-be burglar.
The homeowner was released from jail Sunday on $10,003 bond.
Phyllis Pitts, a neighbor who has lived in the area for 27 years, says recent goings-on in the neighborhood made her feel nervous even before Saturday’s incident.
"Sometimes I feel skiddish myself being here because I hear noises and I look out and don't see nobody and its dark on that side I don't have light on that side," Pitts said.
"The way it is now, people have to protect themselves so I guess that's what’s going on."
According to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, a person who believes him or herself to be under threat can fire a shot without first retreating.