By: Robert Davis
A pair of suspects was forced to jump from a second-story window after a homeowner pulled a gun on them in self-defense during a home invasion in Jacksonville, Florida.
Police say at least one of the suspects was armed with a gun. According to reports, they knocked at the front door of the home around 11:45 a.m. When the homeowner opened the door, they forced their way inside, put a gun to the homeowner’s head, and began ransacking his house.
The homeowner drew a pistol from his own pocket and fired off one shot, hitting the robber holding him at gunpoint. Both robbers finally managed to jump out of a second-story window.
“I shot him once, then I got my other gun and said, ‘I got a big gun now.’ They messed with the wrong house,” the homeowner told Fox 30.
A passerby, Mathew Austin, found one of the suspects at a nearby intersection with a gunshot wound. Austin applied pressure to the wound and stayed with the suspect until medical help arrived.
“He was pretty incoherent,” Austin told News4Jax.com.“The best I got was his name, maybe his age. I think he was born in ’01, which is like 17, 18.”
The suspect was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida. Police are still looking for the second suspect, and investigations are ongoing.
“They were motivated to get away,” Jacksonville Sheriff Office Assistant Mike Chief Johnson said. “(It was) very brazen, but, you know, we have daytime burglaries all the time.”
Robert Davis is a journalist from Colorado. He covers defensive gun use and Second Amendment litigation for Gunpowder Magazine. Contact him at RobertDavis0414@gmail.com.