81-year-old man shoots at attempted burglar, Volusia deputies say

Suspect fled scene in truck after gunfire

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - An 81-year-old homeowner shot at a man who tried to break into his Edgewater-area home Monday morning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The victim said he was lying in bed around 9:15 a.m. when he heard someone knocking on the door and ringing the doorbell. He looked out the window and saw a man he didn't recognize, so he didn't open the door, the report said.

The man then put on gloves and went to the back of the house.

The victim grabbed his .22-caliber pistol then he heard a window break and saw the man reaching through the window to clear away the shattered glass, according to deputies.

The homeowner said he feared for his and his wife's safety so he fired three to four shots at the man. The man then fled to his mid-2000s Chevrolet Silverado 1500, authorities said. The victim fired three to four more shots at the truck as it sped away.

It's possible the man was shot or grazed by a bullet, deputies said.

"I fired a whole bunch of them. I don't know whether I hit him or not, one time I heard him say, 'Oh,'" the victim told a 911 operator.

The victim described the would-be burglar as being in his 30s or 40s with dirty blond hair, wearing a light blue shirt and khaki pants. He has not been arrested.

Anyone with information about that man's identity or the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS or westopcrime.com.

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