Video Example: Why You Do Need ‘That’ Gun
Law enforcement officials have released video of last week’s thwarted home invasion in Pensacola, Florida, which features suspects running for their lives after the homeowner began firing an AK-47-style gun at them.
The Escambia County sheriff’s office said two of the suspects have been arrested, a third has been identified, and a fourth remains unidentified.
What are the details?
The sheriff’s office said in an earlier post that the homeowner was alone his Pinestead Road residence at 11:42 p.m. July 7 when the incident took place.
In its latest post, the sheriff’s office said three individuals approached the front door of the victim’s home, and two of them pushed the victim into the house and attacked him after the victim unlocked the door.
One of the individuals can be seen smiling in the video before heading inside the home:
The third individual at the front door — who remains unidentified — pulled a handgun from his pants and waited outside.
During the home invasion, the victim’s gun fell to the ground, and one of suspects picked it up, the sheriff’s office said. But the victim ran to a back room, grabbed another gun, and started shooting at the intruders, officials said. In its earlier post, the sheriff’s office called the homeowner’s second weapon an “AK-47-style gun.”
With that, the trio “ran frantically” from the home, the sheriff’s office said:
They then entered a vehicle where the fourth suspect — 18-year-old Joseph Roman Sanders — was waiting and drove off, hitting a nearby mailbox, the sheriff’s office said.
Here’s the Ring doorbell video of the incident:
What has happened since?
Da’Torrance Hackworth, 20, and Antonio Dewayne Dean Jr., 18, were arrested and charged with use/display of a firearm during a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny, grand theft of a firearm, and robbery/home invasion with a firearm, the sheriff’s office said.
Dean has active warrants for other alleged offenses, including domestic violence battery, carjacking, aggravated assaults with a firearm, and robbery with a firearm, Sheriff Chip Simmons told the Pensacola News Journal.
In the below Twitter post, Dean’s mug shot is on the left, and Hackworth’s mug shot is on the right. The post went up prior to their arrests:
Sanders, the driver, is still wanted for home invasion with a firearm, the sheriff’s office said.
The suspect who waited outside the front door and pulled a handgun from his pants remains unidentified, and the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP or the ECSO at 850-436-9620, authorities said.
What else has the sheriff said about this incident?
Simmons told “Fox & Friends First” Thursday that the homeowner “did absolutely nothing wrong. If someone breaks into my front door, barges and attacks me or my family, they’re going to get shot, and I afford that same consideration to the residents of my county.”
The sheriff also told the News Journal that the homeowner would “absolutely not” be charged for shooting at the home invasion suspects.
“The homeowner’s protecting himself, and in Florida, in Escambia County, you can protect yourself,” Simmons noted, according to the paper.