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Intruder shot by homeowner, found nearby

Monday, February 20, 2017

Intruder shot by homeowner, found nearby

A home intruder was shot Saturday night while inside a Westside home, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. A homeowner on Moses Street, in the Sweet Water neighborhood near the intersection of Wilson Street and Interstate 295, called police around 11:30 p.m. reporting that they shot at an intruder. Officers found the man several blocks away with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was transported to the hospital, where he was reported in stable condition. News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said if someone is breaking into your home, you have the right to defend yourself. “With the use of deadly force, and stand your ground, you don't have to retreat,” Smith said. “So if someone is attacking you, you don't have to run and get out of the situation. You have the right to stand there and protect yourself.” Smith said if someone is outside in the yard, and walking around, there’s a difference, but once that person becomes a threat to you, that's when you have to articulate and prove they’re a threat. Police said they are looking into whether or not the two men know each other.

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