Might make it hard to prosecute the homeowner when the mayor sticks up for him. He makes a good point, though the guy may have technically broke the law; the story makes it seem as if they were leaving after all and the fight ended up out in the street. Perhaps he can testify that he feared they might shoot him on the way out.OrlandoSentinel.com
Mayor praises homeowner who fired at alleged invaders
Sara K. Clarke and Kevin P. Connolly
Sentinel Staff Writers
7:22 AM EDT, September 14, 2009
The mayor of Ormond Beach praised police -- and a resident who fought back -- after a homeowner fired his shotgun at two alleged home invaders Sunday.
In an email to the media, Mayor Fred Costello said he thinks the actions of homeowner Dane Rollins, 34, to defend himself will make "all our residents are safer and will have less of a threat from subsequent home invasions."
The suspects -- identified as William S. Bell, 38, of Daytona Beach, and Christopher C. Young, 38, of New Smyrna Beach -- were hospitalized.
A third suspect was identified as 28-year-old Brandy Lee Harris of Ormond Beach. She was identified as a "participant,'' though details of her alleged involvement were not immediately released.
All three are being charged with home invasion robbery.
The home invasion and shooting happened on Cypress Circle at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Rollins reported that two armed men barged into his home while he was sleeping and demanded money. He complied, but got a shotgun as they fled the home.
Shots were exchanged in the street between Rollins and both suspects, police said. One suspect fled in a dark Nissan, and was later stopped by Daytona Beach Police.
The driver, who suffered gunshot wounds, was taken into custody and transported to Halifax Hospital. The second suspect, who fled on foot, was found near the residence. He was also taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
In his email, the mayor of Ormond Beach said Rollins' actions may deter others from breaking into homes.
"Criminals who otherwise would consider an armed home invasion will consider the results of this home invasion turned around onto the criminal and remember that they don't know who has the firepower to respond!' Costello wrote. "Based upon the information provided, I hope our laws protect the homeowner who protected his home."