A 19-year-old intruder was shot when he kicked the door of a home in Lakeland open, authorities said. Officers said Gabriel Jacobs, 19, woke up a husband and wife in their home around 3 a.m. on Shorewood Place by ringing their doorbell. While the wife went to call police, her husband attempted to speak with Jacobs through their closed front door, but police said Jacobs continued to yell profanities and kick at it while repeatedly ringing the doorbell. Authorities said the husband warned Jacobs multiple times that he had a shotgun and to stop, but Jacobs kicked opened the front door. In a release from Lakeland's Police Department they said Jacobs walked through the doorway toward the homeowner, even though he was being warned not to. As the teenager stepped closer, the homeowner shot Jacobs once in the chest with his shotgun, police said. Jacobs was conscious and combative when emergency responders arrived, according to police. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Health and is critical condition. Jacobs could face a charge of burglary to an occupied dwelling pending an investigation.
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