Titusville man who shot home intruders says they had his 'mom at gunpoint'

Intruders identified as Alvin Smalls and Amir Rashad Lynn

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Paola Peralta - Digital Intern

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Two men shot and killed by a homeowner in a Titusville home invasion Thursday have been identified as Alvin Smalls and Amir Rashad Lynn, according to deputies.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Smalls, 20, of Titusville, and Lynn, 18, of Mims, broke into a home on West Court in Titusville and got into a fight with the residents.

A man grabbed a gun to defend himself and shot the intruders, deputies said.

The 911 call from the victim revealed that he was asleep at the time of the break-in and was woken up by the intruders, who he said were holding his mother at gunpoint. 

"They were trying to wake me up," he said in the call. "They had my mom at gunpoint I couldn't stop it."

The victim told the 911 operator that the men had arrived to his home in their own vehicle. He said he shot both of them, killing the driver, Smalls, and injuring Lynn who tried to leave on foot.

"One of them is dead the other one I shot once," he said. 

Smalls was found dead in the home, and Lynn collapsed outside, officials said. Lynn was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to deputies.

The names of the victims have not been released.

"The names are being withheld due to the recent constitutional revision of Article 1, Section 16, 'Marsy’s Law,' which states: 'The right to prevent the disclosure of information or records that could be used to locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family, or which could disclose confidential or privileged information of the victim,'" the Sheriff's Office said.

Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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