Florida Woman Shoots Intruder Who Broke Into Apartment

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Florida Woman Shoots Intruder Who Broke Into Apartment
Florida Woman Shoots Intruder Who Broke Into Apartment

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- WJXT News4Jax 05-28-18 reports a west central Florida woman shot her ex-boyfriend twice Monday morning after he crept into her Tampa-area apartment through a broken window.

The Lakeland Police Department said an officer answering a disturbance call at a home on Kansas Avenue about 5:15 a.m. was trying to find the victim’s apartment when he heard gunshots.

It was then that the officer saw an individual limping into the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to a staging area nearby for treatment.

A few minutes later, the 32-year-old, intended victim emerged from her apartment. She told investigators their suspect was her ex-boyfriend. He had just broken into her apartment by climbing through a shattered window.

The woman victim told Officers she grabbed a handgun and defended herself by shooting at the intruder. She hit him once in the buttocks and once in the leg. He then fled her apartment.

Police said the ex-boyfriend faces charges of felony burglary to an occupied dwelling and misdemeanor battery. As of this report, he was receiving treatment at a hospital.

The Lakeland Police Department released this information on their Facebook page.


With the intruder inside, residents are on good legal grounds in most jurisdictions to use lethal force.

Statically intruders usually flee when armed resistance is offered.

A higher percentage flee when they’re actually shot. A good shoot pretty much anywhere but New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C. et al.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas.

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Her ex boyfriend. Sounds like she picks real winners …not.


Not everyone is what the seem to be, they will lie and tell you what they want you to hear,
please don’t blame the victim.

I’m glad she had the means to defend herself.


I understand people can change for the worst or out right be fake. Everyone has a right to self defense. All I’m saying is that almost everywhere I look I see women getting into relationships with douchebag loosers that they know are not sustainable, but they get inlolved anyways. Why don’t they more thoroughly evaluate them pyor to? Also I don’t know either one of them, but it would be interesting to see if it’s a pattern with this woman like it is so many others. Hate on me haters if you want. Look around you know you see it… Read more »


I see that you are now linking to the news report.
Florida has a castle doctrine, so if he is in your house uninvited, go ahead and blast away.
Good thing she had a gun when the ex crawled in thru a broken window .
He was certainly planning something bad


To bad it was his ass and leg, He live’s to do it again.


That’s one reason I reside in Florida, instead of Ilinoy.


I lie too far away or else I would volunteer to give the woman some extra range time and training – as another poster stated, dead criminals are NOT repeat offenders.


***Statically intruders usually flee when armed resistance is offered.
A higher percentage flee when they’re actually shot. ***

Only if they aren’t shot accurately. Dead criminal never commit more crimes.

E. Bryan Hoover

Fatally wounded criminals also flee – initially then die later (a few minutes or a few hours later).

Killing is usually not clean or easy.

That said, I agree that she had the right to shoot him.

Just hope he uses this as a come to Jesus, and turns his life around …

E Bryan Hoover