Officials: Man not facing charges after shooting
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.
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
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
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.