A Florida man shot a home invader after he called 911 and the dispatcher accidentally transferred his call to voicemail.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, says four suspects broke into his house in the middle of the night.
“I woke up to them beating me,” he told WTSP.
The four men stole money and prescription drugs from his house. He called 911 but his call went to the fire department. When the dispatcher tried to transfer him to the police, she accidently transferred him to voicemail with a message saying “if this is an emergency, hang up and call 911.”
The man says one of the suspects returned to the house. When the man redials 911, this time he says he just shot someone.
He told the dispatcher “somebody just came into my house. Four people just came into my house, they beat the sh*t out of me and my wife and stepmother, and they robbed us.”
Sheriff Chris Nocco said “the male inside said, I have a gun and will use it – the gun battle ensures. They pistol whipped the female and took a weapon and pointed it to the child and said they would kill the child if they don’t get what they want. These are street thugs. Sixteen hundred bucks, that’s a good day. Anything to get them through the next high.”
Police say the homeowner shot Steven Reverdes but is not expected to face charges. Police were also able to catch two of the other three suspects, Joseph Rich and Steven’s brother Michael Reverdes.
“I’m at a loss for words, had to protect my family,” the man told reporters.
“It was a targeted house by the suspects – we want our citizens to realize that – not a random house,” Nocco said.