Mitchell Large made the decision to break into a Florida home Monday morning but didn’t exactly face the greeting he was expecting.
The family whose home he broke into were all packing heat.
Immediately, the dad fired a warning shot above the door, MyFoxOrlando13 reports, but the intruder was not detered.
“When Large continued into the kitchen, mom and son opened up, killing him,” BizPacReview writes.
“It appears at least two of the family members fired in defense of themselves and their property,” Police Chief Gary Hester explained.
“It’s not a very far reach to assume that if someone’s forcing their way into your residence early in the morning, they’re not there to wish you well,” Hester said of the break in. “That’s your castle that a reported intruder is coming into, so whether he was armed or not armed, when he failed to retreat, they certainly had a right — if it turns out this way — would have a right to defend themselves.”
One of the neighbor’s defended the response.
“That’s the way that I would react. I’d hate to do that; I’d hate to shoot anybody. But if it comes to me or them, I would,” the neighbor said. “I hate that he died, but you got to take a stand against this people that’s doing this stuff.”
“Authorities said the family’s 20-year-old daughter was also in the home, but did not see what happened,” MyFoxOrlando13 notes.