Deputies: Pal­metto woman fires mul­ti­ple shots to pro­tect home

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Local - BY RYAN CALLIHAN rcal­li­[email protected]­ton.com

The Mana­tee County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to re­ports of a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance in­volv­ing gun­fire Sat­ur­day.

Around 7:43 a.m., deputies ar­rived to the 600 block of 45th Street East in Pal­metto, where neigh­bors said they heard mul­ti­ple shots fired. A 33year-old Pal­metto woman said she was just try­ing to pro­tect her home.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, a 33-year-old man who used to live in the house showed up unan­nounced to re­trieve a few of his be­long­ings that he left be­hind. He re­port­edly en­tered the home with­out mak­ing his pres­ence known first be­cause he did not see the home­owner’s car in the drive­way.

The shooter was asleep when she heard him en­ter, deputies say. She fired three shots be­cause she thought she heard a bur­glar break­ing into her back door.

A 4-year-old boy was asleep in bed at the time, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice. No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

The woman stopped shoot­ing when she rec­og­nized the per­son. Deputies say she al­lowed him to grab his bags and leave. The sher­iff’s of­fice was able to de­tain the man as he left the scene and in­ter­view him. In­ves­ti­ga­tors came to the con­clu­sion that the shooter was pro­tect­ing her home.

Deputies said the hand­gun “dis­ap­peared from the scene and was not lo­cated,” ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff’s of­fice re­port. No ar­rests were made as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

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