Veteran Uses AR15 to stop Home Invaders – Two Killed, Two Arrested

Veteran Uses AR15 to stop Home Invaders - Two Killed, Two Arrested
Veteran Uses AR15 to stop Home Invaders – Two Killed, Two Arrested

Florida -( On 10 July, 2019, at about 8:20 p.m. an armed home invasion occurred at a rural residence in Summerfield, Florida. The house is located on 20 acres, surrounded by dense forest, at the end of a 300-yard driveway. At least two men entered the home. The victim believes a third person entered the home.

The homeowner said one of the men had knocked on the door earlier, asking for help with a vehicle. The homeowner told him he could not help because he was disabled. Then he took a nap.

Sunset in Summerfield on 10 July was at 8:30. A few minutes before sunset, at about 8:20, the homeowner heard a loud noise as the home invaders broke into the home. He grabbed his AR15 from alongside the bed. He saw one masked invader and fired. Another home invader fired back and was fired upon. One invader, 21-Year-old Keith Jackson, Jr. died inside the house with a semi-automatic handgun nearby. He was wearing a “Jason” mask from the Friday 13th movie series. He was also wearing gloves. The high temperature on 10 July was 91 degrees.  Another, 22-year-old Nigel Doyle was found, mortally wounded, outside the home near a pump action shotgun.

The 61-year-old homeowner was wounded in the abdomen. The police found him in a bedroom with the AR15 type rifle across his legs. He has been reported in stable condition at the local hospital. A neighbor reported the 61-year-old was a veteran who often did target practice on his property. Some commenters were of the opinion the home invasion suspects should not have picked him as a victim.  From

SUMMERFIELD — Marion County sheriff’s officials say a homeowner armed with an AR-15 shot and killed two intruders and was injured himself during a home invasion robbery in Summerfield Wednesday night.

Two other robbery suspects — Robert John Hamilton, 19, of Ocala, and Seth Adam Rodriguez, 22, of Belleview — were detained near the scene, according got the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Nigel Doyle, 22, of Summerfield, and Keith Jackson Jr., 21, Ocala, were killed. The homeowner, whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Office, was in stable condition at a hospital Thursday morning.

Two other suspects, Hamilton and Rodriquez, were found during a police search outside the home.

Rodriquez has no criminal history and claims he tried to stop the robbery. Rodriquez is reported to have said that Hamilton kicked in the front door. Hamilton has a conviction for grand theft. Hamilton denied being at the scene of the home invasion.

In many home invasions, the caliber and/or make of the firearm used is not identified. In this case, in the source linked in the AP article, the AR15 is mentioned in the first line of the story. At least two firearms are associated with the home invaders, a semi-automatic pistol and a pump shotgun. It is not clear if any other firearms were found outside the home.

There was no mention of AR15 in July 11 version of the AP report. One day later, in the July 12 version of the AP report, the AR15 is included. AP changed their story to include the AR15 rifle.

A black Volkswagen registered to Keith Jackson and Keith Jackson, Jr. was found near the house. A neighbor reported seeing a black Volkswagen in the neighborhood on two days prior to the home invasion.

The story illustrates many of the advantages of the AR15 for home defense. The 61-year-old veteran had no difficulty firing the AR15 effectively. The rifle was chosen by the military for its ease of use, effective cartridge, and reliability.

All of these things were stressed when DARPA did a field test of 1000 early military versions of the rifle in Vietnam in 1962. Unfortunately, the ordinance department changed the specifications of the ammunition from IMR gunpowder to a ball gunpowder. The ball gun powder used calcium at a level high enough to clog the gas tube on the AR15, causing rifles to jam no matter how much they were cleaned. The rifle had not been tested or accepted with the new ammunition.

After Vietnam, the ammunition problems were fixed and the rifle modified. The lessons learned from the military experience in Vietnam have resulted in rifle and ammunition changes. Those changes work to the advantage of the semi-automatic civilian versions of the AR15. Because the civilian AR15 is semi-automatic, it avoids many of the problems claimed to be caused by the cyclic rate of the full auto military versions. In addition, the sheer volume of ammunition fired through an AR15 is likely to be much less than what was fired through the M16 in combat.

There are no charges against the veteran at this time.

About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ej harbet

When your slinking up on a rural home and you pass by a place where 5.56 brass is scatered.
Best turn around and slink on out of there.


Maybe he kept the place ship-shape? No surprise if a disabled vet on limited budget collects and reloads his brass.
Funny comment though – of course most criminal types lack what we consider common sense.


I can tell you from experience that the “old” man didn’t get old by being stupid. It is amazing how many younger people think an older person is stupid and they need to do things for them.I congratulate him for taking care of himself and his survival from scum, I would do the same thing. The only difference seems to be that I have dogs to warn me in advance if something is not right. If someone comes to the door that looks suspicious I don’t stop them from barking because that is a good advertisement.

Wild Bill

@Tcat, Roger that, perimeter fence with dogs inside it. Fence is cheap. Dogs work cheap, and hear everything even in a sound sleep. Hard combination to beat, unless you leave it all to the dogs, as some sheeple do.


@wildbill, how ironic it is that I left my mother’s place in Summerfield, Florida so I could be back in Presidio County, Texas at the Marfa Courthouse for a 9 a.m. Commissioner’s Court meeting to pass a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution for the first county in the state of Texas on the morning of 10 July 2019?


@wjd – I live in the city surrounded by children, and have family who regularly allow dogs off the premises. While they sound and can appear ferocious, they are more likely to snuggle someone into submission. Hard to move quickly or quietly while tripping over barking love. Even if justified, any do who bites anyone is subjected to an expensive state-mandated quarantine. Taking @Wild Bill a bit further – dogs are for deterrence, alarm and slowing advance – force is up to the humans.

Wild Bill

@Finnky, Ok, we all have our techniques. As for my dogs, I don’t know how I would stop them from participating. They never listen and they just love red meat.
By the time that the county Sheriff’s deputy arrived there would be nothing in the yard but bones and dog shit.


In my neck of the woods, criminals poison dogs in an entire street and then return a day or so later when many dogs have succumbed to the poison.

My dogs are no longer allowed on the street-side of my property and they sleep on my bed with me. At 100 pounds each, they should deal with any MF that gets into my bedroom.

I’m two months late to the party, but congrats to that homeowner for sorting out those scum. I hope he has recovered by now.


God Bless this veteran and I pray he has a speedy FULL recovery. I too am a vet, handicapped, a generation older than the Florida vet but always armed because my movements broadcast “easy target” when ever out in public. Looking like an old age pensioner while hunched over and holding onto a walking device is an invitation to these two bit punks. Armed yourself, protect yourself and enjoy what life we have left. Yes I live in a FREE STATE and I carry. Shoot straight and stay safe.


“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”
John Steinbeck


Besides, the older we get, the less “life in prison” acts as a deterrent, anyway! LOL

Wild Bill

@JoeUS, Now that is a health care plan that a guy can keep if he likes it… of even if he doesn’t.


Old Saying: “Before you decide an old man is an easy target, you better know what kind of young man he was.”


The emphasis in these self defense stories that the victim was a veteran does a minor disservice to the greater point that a private citizen used a firearm to successfully defend his self and home. The anti’s just excuse the result by saying ‘ “but , ya, he was in the military so its different”. It should make NO difference, vet or non-vet to the story. I’d rather the headline read “citizen stops home invaders with AR15….”.


You’ll also notice that they NEVER tell the “race” of the criminals! comment image


Look like a mixed bunch to me.

Deplorable Bill

You see, an AR 15 type rifle has some very good points to it’s use in home/personal defence. It’s light weight, it has very little recoil, it can be used with the normal capacity magazines (30 rounds), it’s quick to deploy, its very accurate, it’s bullets are surprisingly less wall penetrating than one might assume, even the deafening sound of it’s rounds going off inside a room can be a deterrent etc. These 4 guys had likely cased the neighborhood–a neighbor said they had seen a V.W. before in the area. The guy that went to the door and asked… Read more »


@wildbill, how ironic it is that I left my mother’s place in Summerfield, Florida so I could be back in Presidio County, Texas at the Marfa Courthouse for a 9 a.m. Commissioner’s Court meeting to pass a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution for the first county in the state of Texas on the morning of 10 July 2019?

Wild Bill

I would like to offer great admiration and thanks to the homeowner that answered the “anti-Second Amendment sobs” edict that “You don’t need a large capacity magazine. You don’t need a semi-auto gun. You don’t need a military assault gun. No needs a gun.” and similar mindless, know-nothing blather.
An answer so complete, with so few words is … is…. poetic!

Wild Bill

Ooops, it should be “… No ONE needs a gun.” My typo.


I have friends who say we should only have muskets like the Founders had or a single shot rifle. What a pile of poop thinking! I do not comprehend it.

Get Out

Tell your friends you’d rather have a Puckle gun (AKA Defence gun) it was a primitive crew-served, manually-operated flintlock revolver patented in 1718 by James Puckle (1667–1724) a British inventor, lawyer and writer. It was one of the earliest weapons to be referred to as a “machine gun,” being called such in 1722, though its operation does not match the modern use of the term. That was long before the American Revolutionary War · Started Apr 19, 1775. The Ferguson rifle was one of the first breech-loading rifles to be put into service by the British military. It fired a… Read more »


One thing older veterans will do, that most who have never been in their shoes, is shoot first and ask questions later. Many older veterans have been in situations where doing so is what made then older.
We have many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in our local LE, especially the Sheriffs office, who I know have said that is one thing they had to learn to discipline themselves to not do.
Self preservation is not a learned instinct. That is, for most people with common sense. Anti-gun people…..


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@wjd Amen