Palmetto resident greets burglar with gunshots

MANATEE - A resident of the Palmetto Point neighborhood this morning came home to find an intruder making off with his shotgun, but before the burglar could get away, the resident opened fire on him with another gun, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Whether the intruder was hit was unknown, but deputies said the burglar got away with nothing.

The incident started about 9:45 a.m. when a 61-year-old man came home to his residence in the 5200 block of Palmetto Point Drive, Palmetto. He entered through the front door and found an intruder wearing only black shorts and white sneakers and carrying a black bag and a shotgun belonging to the resident, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim ordered him to stop and then fired three rounds from his .25-caliber handgun. The suspect jumped over the fence and fled on foot, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators did not find a blood trail, but they notified local hospitals in case the suspect sought treatment.

A neighbor reported seeing another man run from the front of the residence, and then get into a blue, newer model BMW with tinted windows, according to the sheriff's office.

The intruder got into the house by prying open a front window. The residence had been ransacked and a gun case had been broken into. Three guns were taken, but they and some jewelry were recovered in the house.

The intruder was described as standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds, with short black hair.

The second suspect was described as standing 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds, with a shaved head. He was wearing black knee-length shorts and a white tank top T-shirt.

Anyone with information on the break-in can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011, or Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.