MANATEE -- Manatee County sheriff's deputies continue to investigate an incident in which a man fatally shot an alleged robbery suspect Sunday night at his Bradenton home.
Two men were sitting in the carport of a residence in the 4200 block of 24th Street West about 10:20 p.m. when three suspects, dressed in black and wearing masks, approached on foot. James Brady, 26, allegedly pointed a handgun at one of the victims, ordering him to the ground, according to the sheriff's office.
That's when the victim, who has a conceal-carry license, pulled out a handgun, according to Dave Bristow, sheriff's office spokesman. Gunfire exchanged between the two men.
Brady was pronounced dead at the scene. Details of his injuries have not been disclosed. No charges have been filed in the case.
"The state will have to make that final decision," said Bristow, explaining that the state attorney's office will review the case once the sheriff's office investigation is completed. "At this time, it doesn't appear there will be charges because a person has the right to defend themselves."
Bristow said the incident appears to be self-defense.
"This would have been good before Stand Your Ground," he said. "On this surface this is somebody protecting themselves at their residence; Stand Your Ground went beyond that. These people were armed, dressed in black with masks, so obviously they didn't have anything good on their minds."
Detectives believe robbery was the motive of the suspects.
"As far as what they intended to take, we're not
sure," said Bristow, adding that the victims had few belongings at the residence.
Brady has no prior convictions, according to Manatee County court records. A felony charge was brought against him in 2005 and later dropped.
No other injuries were reported during the incident. Detectives are seeking two other suspects who fled the scene on foot.
This is the third recent death reported following a group of suspects attempting to rob victims sitting outside at night. Aureliano Quezada died after being shot by a group of unknown suspects outside a Palmetto residence in August.
In November, Juan Gonzalez-Albino was chased into a house and fatally shot by an unknown suspect near Palmetto.
Unlike last year's cases, the most recent incident resulted in death of a suspect, not a victim.
Anyone with information on the incident can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS(8477).
Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @EJohnsonBHcrime.