A Florida homeowner shot one of two intruders who broke into his Leesburg home Monday morning — and a recording of the homeowner’s 911 call, during which he described the wounded intruder as “screaming,” was released Wednesday, WKMG-TV reported.
Leesburg is about 50 minutes northwest of Orlando.
Police told the station they responded to the home on Flora View Lane around 7:30 a.m. after the homeowner called saying he shot one of two men who entered his residence.
“I need an ambulance here, and I need a police officer immediately,” the homeowner told the 911 operator, according to WKMG. “Somebody just broke into my house. He got shot. Please hurry.”
The homeowner continued saying “they fell out the back of the house through the sliding glass door. He’s on my back porch. There’s somebody else here, too, ma’am. I don’t know which way he went,” the station said.
The homeowner then told the operator he walked outside to the front of the house with his dog — and with the gun in his hand, WKMG reported.
“I’m gonna set [the gun] out on the ground, is that OK?” he asked the 911 operator, the station said. “It’s still gonna be loaded, but it’s on the ground.”
The homeowner again told the operator to “please hurry” and added that “he’s back there screaming, rolling” in reference to the wounded intruder, WKMG said.
What happened next?
The wounded alleged intruder was flown to a hospital where he underwent surgery, the station said, adding that the homeowner was uninjured.
The homeowner noted that his house was broken into the day before he caught the intruders inside his home and opened fire, WKMG said. The homeowner filed an incident report after the first break in, the station added.
The Leesburg Police Department said the alleged intruders likely believed the home was abandoned after a tree fell on it a few days prior to the first break in, WKMG said.
The second suspect is still on the loose, the station said, adding that those with surveillance video or information should call the Criminal Investigations Division at 352-728-9862.
Here’s a WKMG video report that aired just after the second break in but before the 911 call was released:
Leesburg homeowner shoots burglar, according to police