WKMG-TV (Orlando, Florida), June 21, 2007
An alleged home invader was shot and killed and another was stabbed early Thursday morning when six victims scattered during the break-in, found stashed weapons and attacked the assailants, according to police.
Orange County sheriff’s investigators said at least three people broke into a home located at 2672 Muscatello Street in the Peppermill subdivision, fired a shot into the air and screamed, “We mean business.”
“When I looked over, I was just thinking, ‘What do I do to protect myself? What do I do right now? How can I keep them from stealing everything that I have and killing me?’” victim Allen Long, who was punched in the left eye with brass knuckles, said. “I stabbed him in the side with my pocketknife.”
The attacker yelled to his cohorts for a gun after he was stabbed and stepped out of a room to get it, Long told Local 6 News.
A resident named Cody was in bed when one of the culprits stole his cell phone and beat him before leaving the bedroom.
“Once he heard that guy yelling for the gun, Cody came out with his (AK-47) and took care of it,” Goodson said. “It was definitely self-defense.”
“All that we know for sure is that we have one black male suspect that has been shot and killed, and one man who’s been stabbed and fled the residence,” Orange County sheriff’s Cmdr. Tom Cockriel said. “(They) defended themselves. That’s very possible that’s what this turned out to be.”
Another victim was hit in the head with a pistol, but no others were injured during the incident.
The weapons, including the AK-47, were in the home because one of the victims participates in gun shows, one of the victims told Local 6 News.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.