Florida homeowner with AK-47 shoots at teen burglars breaking into his car
By Jennifer Cruz
The homeowner left the getaway car with shattered windows and at least one blown tire. (Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)
Three Florida teens are behind bars after they broke into a vehicle in Panama City Beach early Sunday morning and were met by the homeowner, who was armed with an AK-47.
“We’re thankful the homeowners in this incident are safe and that we got these suspects behind bars as quick as we could,” Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said in a statement.
Crews called it a “job well done” and noted that burglaries and “the danger that comes with it” will not be tolerated.
The incident unfolded around 2:45 a.m. when the homeowner’s wife was awakened by noises outside of their home. The woman then woke her husband, who looked outside and observed three suspects breaking into the family’s vehicles.
The man, who knew a 9mm handgun was in one of the vehicles, told his wife to watch over their children and ensure their safety as he grabbed an AK-47 and confronted the suspects.
Once confronted, the suspects fled to a nearby getaway vehicle, but the homeowner said one of the suspects, who was later identified as 19-year-old Tristen Wilson, turned toward him in a manner