Police: Home invader shot, killed

Elderly man shoots and kills invader

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HOLLY HILL, Fla. - Holly Hill police said an elderly man was forced to kill a home invader Friday evening.

Police said they were called to a home at 263 15th Street in Holly Hill around 9:50 p.m. Friday evening after a report of a home invasion.

Police said  the man who was shot to death was Sanlee Alan Bennett, 35, of Palm Beach Gardens/

Police said a second man is currently being sought in connection with this case.

Police said Kenneth Dean Conley,53, was eating a meal on the front porch of the home when two men arrived in a vehicle and approached the home. 

According to Conley, the pair began to beat him with fists and feet before assaulting him with an electronic "stun gun" device and forcing him inside, police said.

Once inside Bennett and the second suspect attempted to force their way inside a bedroom occupied by the homeowner, 62-year-old Jerry Arnold Stremovihtg., police said.

According to reports, at least one of the suspects was armed with a knife, police said.

Stremovihtg armed himself with a .38 caliber revolver and fired several rounds at the invaders striking Bennett at least once, police said.

Police said Bennett stumbled outside the home where he died in the front yard from his wounds. 

The second man ran from the residence, entered the vehicle, and fled east on 15th Street.  Stemovihtg is believed to have fired at least one round from his weapon at the fleeing vehicle, police said.

Both Stremovihtg and Conley were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

According to Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker, "Preliminary reports indicate that Stemovihtg acted in self defense and he has not been charged at this time; however, our investigation into the incident is developing and on-going as we seek a motive for the robbery."

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