An intruder from Florida is dead. He was killed by an elderly woman who had guns when he entered her house.
In a Facebook post, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said that 64-year-old Reginald Best of Interlachen, Florida was killed after he stormed into the home of a 67-year-old woman at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.
The woman said that she heard the door handle of her home shaking at around 3 a.m. and thought it was her husband coming home from work so she got up and opened the door. At that point, authorities say Best barged in with a gun in hand.
The police stated that Best was ordered by the woman carrying a gun to get out of her house several times.
“The woman stated that Best raised his arms, and she could see that he was holding a gun in his hands, and she shot him once fearing for her life.” After the shooting, she called 911.
Best was found by police on the ground, bleeding from a single gunshot injury. He died at the hospital after being taken to the hospital.
Police claim they received several calls from Best and another woman at Silver Lake Drive before the shooting.
It was stated that Best told dispatchers that he was hiding and that there were orange-clad persons outside his house. “The other female called to report that Best had fled down the street from where he had jumped out of his window at Silver Lake Drive.”
The post states that deputies were already on their way to respond to calls at the time the shooting occurred.
“This call for service is a perfect example of why I continue to support and fight daily for the rights of law-abiding residents to own firearms,” Putnam County Sheriff H.D. ‘Gator’ DeLoach said in a statement, adding that all firearm owners “have a responsibility not only to themselves but also to their families to maintain proficiency with a gun, as our victim here today clearly has.”
She could have had worse outcomes if she didn’t carry a gun. It was tragic to see that Best, who seemed to have serious issues, posed a threat to the victim’s family
DeLoach said that the woman was not the only one living in the home. Her mother, an Alzheimer’s patient of 90 years, also lived there.
DeLoach said that the woman had the “absolute right” to defend herself. She also stated that her “decisive actions prevented the threat from continuing and made the neighborhood safer by eliminating any risk of further loss of life.”