Homeowner, 70, fatally shoots intruder during break-in, deputies say

Deputies search for second gunman

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor, Dawn Jorgenson - Graham Media Group

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A homeowner fatally shot a man who was breaking into his Orlando home Wednesday evening, according to officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Juan Jose Caraballo, 70, was at his home at 7761 Murcott Circle shortly before 5 p.m. when two men forcibly entered. Caraballo shot at the men, who shot him in return, according to officials.

The Sheriff's Office said they believed the intruders were attempting to burglarize the home, unaware that anyone was home.

Deputies said the suspect who shot the homeowner died as a result of the shooting, and the second man fled through the the back door.

Sheriff's Office officials said Caraballo exited the house as his wife was getting home and she called 911. A delivery person who was also in the area saw the victim and also called 911.

Caraballo, who suffered at least one gunshot wound, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to undergo surgery.

Deputies said the gunman who remains at large is believed to be a Hispanic man, while the intruder who was killed is a black man.

Further identity information was not released.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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