Deputies: 89-year-old homeowner shoots burglar in Gilchrist County


Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputies say an 89-year-old homeowner shot and critically wounded a burglar who broke into his house early Tuesday.

Deputies say the homeowner responded to a knock on his door just after midnight in the southeast section of the county near the Rolling Oaks subdivision.

The suspect forced his way into the home and demanded money, deputies say. They say both the suspect and the victim armed themselves, and that the homeowner fired and shot the suspect.

Deputies say the victim left the home and flagged down a sergeant patrolling the area. Deputies say they entered the house and found the suspect, who has not been named, still inside the house with severe injuries.

Deputies say he remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

The case is still under investigation.

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