A Panama City, Bay County, Florida man shot a home intruder who began beating his wife on Tuesday. The man had approached the homeowner and was acting erratically, so the homeowner attempted to avoid him by going through the garage and into the house.
But the man followed him and broke through the glass front door, got on top of his wife and began beating her. The homeowner retrieved his gun and shot the man dead.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook:
May 26, 2020
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 6:05 am today, May 26, 2020, in reference to a home invasion burglary.
Deputies responded to 2319 Mound Avenue, Panama City, to find a man, shot, on the floor inside the home, a handgun on the kitchen counter. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene
The residents, a man in his 70’s, and his wife, stated to deputies that the husband had been outside in front of the home when he saw the man walking down the street, acting erratically. He was screaming and swearing, and, according to witnesses, acting very aggressively and erratically. The man walked down the husband’s driveway and approached the husband in a threatening manner. The husband went into the garage and then into the house to get away from the man, but the man followed, beating on the door to the house. The man then went to the front door, which was glass, and busted the glass and made entry. The man knocked the wife to the ground, got on top of her, and was beating her about the head. The husband stated he felt he could not physically stop the intruder so he went upstairs to get his firearm. He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat.
The wife was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
BCSO Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Unit are at the residence to begin the investigation and process the scene. They have identified the intruder as Nathan Jerrell Edwards, age 31. Edwards was from Georgia and staying in a short term rental residence a short distance from the residence he entered.
The Sheriff’s office did not name the elderly couple, and there was no information on the homeowner’s background. The suspect, Nathan Jerrell Edwards, 31, may have been under the influence of drugs, or may have been mentally ill. But he most certainly chose the wrong house.
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