'Stand Your Ground' put to test in Leesburg shooting

Argument led to Leesburg shooting, officials say


LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Lake County deputies said no arrests will be made in the killing of a Leesburg man Saturday night.

Deputies said they were called to 11411 Huggins Street in Leesburg, around 9 p.m. Saturday about a shooting.

The victim of the shooting, 27-year-old Gregory Gayle, died as a result of his injuries, deputies said.

Deputies said Gayle and 21-year-old Jakob Penrod got into an argument at the house of Penrod's fiance, who is also Gayle's sister. Penrod told Gayle he had wanted him to move out. Witnesses said the fight escalated, forcing Penrod to grab a gun and hide in the bathroom. 

"Getting out of the truck and I heard shouting, arguing," said neighbor Diane Chidester. "I myself was about to call 911 just in case it was domestic or something."

Gayle broke through the bathroom door and was "uncontrollable", witnesses said. Penrod shot Gayle in the stomach to defend himself, deputies said. Gayle was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"It became pretty apparent that this was a case of self defense," said Lt. John Herrell of Lake County Sheriff's office.

Deputies said physical evidence supported Penrod's self defense claim. When they arrived, deputies said he had a black eye, cuts to his nose and mouth and blood on his lips.

"It was very obvious that these were fresh injuries," Herrell said.

Deputies said Penrod will not be charged and the case has been sent to the State Attorney's Office for review.

Gayle's father told Local 6 that the sheriffs office needs to investigate more and the "Stand Your Ground Law" needs a second look.