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Father shoots intruder breaking into daughter’s home

Father shoots intruder breaking into daughter's home

@tammiefields has the story:

  • But according to Tampa Police, the shot that was fired was actually intended for 23-year-old Michael Stewart who police say had broken into the home.
  • A woman saw a man in her home via a security camera and her phone, and called 911, but her father got there first.
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  • Father shoots intruder breaking into daughter’s home
  • King dialed 911 and also called her father, Jerry King, who lives nearby.

Imagine being away from home and you look down at your cell phone or your computer at work only to see images of an intruder inside your house.

@10NewsWTSP: Father shoots intruder breaking into daughter’s home

@tammiefields has the story:

TAMPA, Fla. — Imagine being away from home and you look down at your cell phone or your computer at work only to see images of an intruder inside your house. Something similar happened to a Tampa woman Tuesday morning, but thanks to the latest trend in home security cameras, an accused burglar was stopped in his tracks when her father showed up and shot him.

It happened on West North B Street just a few blocks away from the University of Tampa around 10:00 a.m.

Ninety-year-old Samuel Sanders lives just a few doors down from where it happened. “When I heard the shot, I don’t know, I thought somebody might have been shooting at a possum.” 

But according to Tampa Police, the shot that was fired was actually intended for 23-year-old Michael Stewart who police say had broken into the home.

Jordan King, 25, lives at the house and says her motion sensor was tripped at her home and she received an alert from her security company notifying her of it. She says that’s when she picked up her cell phone and caught a glimpse of Stewart in her bedroom with socks on his hands going through her property.

King dialed 911 and also called her father, Jerry King, who lives nearby. Detectives say he arrived before them and shot the intruder after some type of confrontation with him in the fenced in backyard. King told police Stewart had something in his hand that put him in fear and he shot Stewart once in the upper torso.

Stewart was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Tampa Police spokesman Steve Hegarty says Jerry King has not been charged and he is cooperating with investigators.

“The technology has really come around,” Hegarty added. “We’ve had some burglaries where video was very helpful. But that was helpful after the fact … in this case, the woman was actually able to see someone as they were inside her home.”

Samuel Sanders was once on the neighborhood watch. He says he’s seen his community change as well as the tools used to keep it safe. “Aww yes. It’s changed a lot,” he chuckles.

With a house full of roommates, college student Corey Thompson says they’ll look at ways to secure their home now and he particularly likes the idea of security cameras. “We’re always on our phones too … you know this generation … so this would be something nice for kids like us living in the house. It’s definitely something we should do.”

“That’s something that’s good for college students with us not being at the house all the time and with us being on campus for long portions of time that would definitely help out,” Thompson added.

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Father shoots intruder breaking into daughter’s home

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