A 69-year-old woman fatally shot a man who entered her home near Orlando, Florida, on Sunday afternoon after warning him several times to leave and — at the very end — to stop advancing toward her, WKMG-TV reported.
A man in his 30s entered the home in the 6500 block of Bentwood Street around 12:30 p.m. and startled homeowner Virginia Morrison, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told WKMG.
She told the station in an interview that she told the man to leave, but he didn’t respond to her commands. In fact, Morrison said the man — whom she had never seen before — didn’t made a sound or “bat an eyelash” the entire time.
“Something wasn’t right with the man,” she told WKMG. “He had a blank look on his face.”
Morrison added that she even hit the intruder in the face with the straw end of her broom, threw her cellphone at him, and her fiance even fired a shot at his feet — and the man never moved.
“I said, ‘I’m getting my damn gun.’ So I went to my bedroom and got my gun, and I went out the back door, and I came to the fence, and he sees me, and he starts toward me,” Morrison told the station. “I fired a shot above him then said, ‘Back off, dude. I’ll shoot you.’ And he kept coming toward me, so I shot him.”
The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, deputies told WKMG, which added that his name has not been released.
“I feel sorry for his family, but I had to do what I had to do,” Morrison added in her interview with the station.
She also told WKMG it was the first time she ever had used her gun and added a warning for other homeowners: “Keep your doors locked. Anybody can walk into your house now. I killed a man. I didn’t intend to do that. I’m trying to protect me and [my fiance].”
Morrison added to the station that her door — which she typically locks — was open because she thought her fiance was outside.
WKMG said she’s cooperating with investigators and that the state attorney’s office will determine if charges will be filed in the case.
Woman recounts fatally shooting intruder in Orange County