Of­fi­cials: Man not fac­ing charges af­ter shoot­ing

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Grace Toohey and Katie Rice gtoohey@or­lan­dosen­tinel .com

A San­ford home­owner ap­pears to have been jus­ti­fied in shoot­ing a 17-year-old who was try­ing to bur­glar­ize his ve­hi­cle early Tues­day, the city’s po­lice chief and a prose­cu­tor said.

San­ford Po­lice Chief Ce­cil Smith said Adrein Green, 17, was found with a gun­shot wound to his back just out­side the Gar­ri­son Drive home where the teen had been at­tempt­ing to break into the ve­hi­cle.

Smith said Adrein ran from the home af­ter he was shot by the home­owner, later col­laps­ing just out­side the yard.

He was pro­nounced dead at the hos­pi­tal.

The home­owner

called 911 just af­ter 1 a.m. Tues­day to re­port some­one on his prop­erty, which of­fi­cials said was fenced in and gated. The home­owner told of­fi­cials his wife woke him up af­ter hear­ing loud noises in the yard, prompt­ing him to

9mm hand­gun.

The home­owner yelled at the teen while he si­mul­ta­ne­ously fired two shots at him from his front door. The home­owner said he re­mained in­side his home, ex­cept to open the door. The teenager never en­tered the home and was about 20 feet from the front door, po­lice es­ti­mated.

“He faced me and I got su­per scared,” the home­owner

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his said to the 911 op­er­a­tor. He said he was wor­ried for his wife and new­born child.

When asked to de­scribe the sus­pect, the home­owner said he did not know the per­son, but that he thought it was a white man in his 20s who was not wear­ing a shirt. Adrein was black, po­lice said.

San­ford po­lice did not re­lease the home­owner’s name or ad­dress. SPD spokes­woman Bianca Gil­lett said the in­for­ma­tion was be­ing with­held un­der Marsy’s Law.

The home­owner said he had closed the gate the night be­fore the bur­glary, but it was open when po­lice ar­rived early Tues­day.

Smith said Adrein was us­ing a rock and a car bat­tery to try to break into the home­own­ers ve­hi­cle, and there were marks on the win­dow con­sis­tent with an at­tempted bur­glary.

Smith, along with Semi­nole County As­sis­tant State At­tor­ney Dan Fag­gard, said that, af­ter in­ter­views with the home­owner and their pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they do not plan to ar­rest or bring charges against the home­owner.

Smith said they are wait­ing to re­view the au­topsy re­port from the med­i­cal ex­am­iner.

Fag­gard said that be­cause the teen was on the prop­erty of the home­owner and had been bur­glar­iz­ing his ve­hi­cle, which is con­sid­ered a forcible felony, the home­owner was jus­ti­fied in shoot­ing the teen.

Florida law says that a per­son is jus­ti­fied in us­ing deadly force to pre­vent “the im­mi­nent com­mis­sion of a forcible felony.”

“This is a unique sit­u­a­tion, a tragic sit­u­a­tion,” Smith said. “No one wants to see a young per­son lose their life in such a tragic man­ner.”

Many neigh­bors said they slept through the shoot­ing and woke up to the news, though a few said their chil­dren re­ported hear­ing gun­shots dur­ing the night.

Po­lice taped off the block where it hap­pened un­til around 4 a.m. By the time many were wak­ing up, there was no sign any­thing had hap­pened on the street.

Neigh­bor Shaun King said there have been some thefts in the neigh­bor­hood, which is com­prised of on­estory fam­ily homes, in re­cent years. He added that he came home once to find his stove in the front yard, and his truck was stolen and driven to Apopka af­ter he’d left the keys in­side one evening.

To dis­cour­age po­ten­tial thieves, King hung up a sign on his porch de­pict­ing crossed pis­tols with the words “We don’t dial 911.”

In the late af­ter­noon, Adrein’s fam­ily and friends ar­ranged a small road­side me­mo­rial for him across the street from where he was shot. They de­clined com­ment.

Smith

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