Deltona woman shoots burglar breaking into her home, deputies say

Joseph L. Roberts arrested on burglary charges

A Deltona woman shoots a suspected burglar breaking into her home.
A Deltona woman shoots a suspected burglar breaking into her home.

DELTONA, Fla. – A Deltona woman shot a suspected burglar breaking into her home early Tuesday after warning him several times, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened around 5:45 a.m. in the 2600 block of Libby Court.

Deputies said Joseph L. Roberts, 32, shattered a front window and climbed into the house, where a 42-year-old mother and several teenagers were inside.

The Sheriff’s Office said the woman called 911 and said, “I don’t want to shoot him, but I’m going to have to! Get out of my window! Get out of my window!”

The woman fired one shot, hitting Roberts in the arm, before escaping to the backyard with her three kids and three of their friends, deputies said.

Roberts remained in the house, where he was located by deputies, officials said. Roberts was airlifted to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

No one else was seriously injured.

Video of the incident was captured by a home security camera.

Three other residents in the immediate area on Libby Court reported burglary attempts at their homes around the same time, deputies said.

Roberts was arrested on four counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling and four counts of criminal mischief.

The woman is not facing any charges.


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