According to police, three armed men attempted a home invasion on a self-described gun enthusiast, and only one of the three made it out alive.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco related what the police believed happened in a video statement on Friday. The incident occurred at a home in Wesley Chapel, Florida, that morning.
Nocco said that a homeowner was playing video games by himself when he heard someone break the glass towards the back of his house.
The homeowner grabbed a firearm and accosted three intruders in a narrow hallway of his home. He told police that the first intruder was wearing a black mask and dark clothing, and pointing a gun in his direction.
According to Nocco, the homeowner then shot the first intruder, who fell to the ground. He then saw a second intruder wearing a mask, also with a gun. The homeowner shot the second suspect, who also fell to the ground.
One of the suspects did manage to get a round fired off, but did not hit the homeowner.
The homeowner then saw a third intruder, fired at him, and saw him fall on top of the other bodies. According to the homeowner, his gun jammed, allowing the third intruder to run away while the homeowner went to get another gun.
The third suspect was captured by a neighbor of the homeowner, who called him and said that he was holding the suspect at gunpoint.
The third suspect was identified by police as Jeremiah Tramel. Nocco said that Tramel will be charged two counts of second degree homicide of his accomplices, and also with home invasion robbery.
“He is accountable for the deaths because it was during the commission of a felony that he was involved in that those two people died,” Nocco explained.
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
Pasco homeowner kills two during home invasion, third suspect held at gunpoint for deputies
The homeowner said that he might have been targeted because he posted photographs of his gun collection on social media.
“This victim exercised their Second Amendment right. The Second Amendment allows you to protect yourself by carrying and bearing arms. In his home he protected himself,” Nocco added.
He also said that the two dead suspects had extensive “extremely violent” criminal histories.
Here’s the video of the media briefing about the incident:
Homeowner shoots and kills 2 armed intruders, wounds third