Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said a Florida homeowner who used an AK-47 style rifle to protect himself during an armed home invasion “did absolutely nothing wrong” and will not be facing charges, adding credence to the importance of the Second Amendment and the inherent right to self-defense.
Simmons explained in a press conference that three suspects approached the home as a fourth suspect waited in a car. One of the three was armed with a pistol and the other two shoved the homeowner into the home when he came to the door. The third suspect can be seen in footage captured by a doorbell video pulling a handgun from his pants and waiting outside.
The victim had a handgun hidden on him, according to the sheriff, but the weapon slipped out in the ensuing struggle and was retrieved by one of the home invaders. At this point, two of the three suspects were now armed. The homeowner then ran to a back room and retrieved a rifle, and began firing at the suspects who didn’t stick around to see how events may play out. Instead, they beat a hasty retreat to the waiting getaway car and fled the scene.
“He did absolutely nothing wrong,” Simmons told Fox News. “If someone breaks into my front door, barges and attacks me or my family, they’re going to get shot, and I afford that same consideration to the residents of my county.”
Fortunately, all three of the home invaders were identified and two have been arrested.
Da’Torrance Hackworth, 20, and Antonio Dewayne Dean Jr., 18, were charged with use or display of a firearm during a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, and other counts, according to Fox News.
The third suspect, Joseph Roman Sanders, 18, remains at large.
Simmons’s press conference can be seen in the video below:
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