A Wesley Chapel homeowner shot three armed intruders Friday morning, killing two and injuring the third.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the victim was home during the early morning hours Friday when the break-in attempt occurred.
The victim told deputies he was sitting in his living room when he heard the glass window of his laundry room door shatter. The victim saw someone reaching in through the broken window to unlock the door. The intruder entered wearing a mask and holding a firearm, the victim said.
The victim said he grabbed a Glock 9mm handgun, which was within several feet of him, and fired multiple rounds at the initial intruder. That made the intruder fall and the victim said another man also carrying a firearm entered through the laundry door. The victim said he fired on the second intruder and caused him to fall, as well.
The third armed intruder entered next and the victim fired multiple times until the gun jammed, according to reports. The victim said he grabbed a second gun, described as a Kriss Vector 10mm carbine, before seeing the third intruder had fled through the laundry room door.
The victim called his neighbor and told him he had just shot intruders, asking for assistance. The victim said his next call was to 911, which was received at 12:43 a.m., according to Sheriff Chris Nocco in a video released Friday afternoon. While on the phone with an emergency dispatcher, the victim said he heard his neighbor yell that he had a subject at gunpoint in the front yard.
The victim said he ran out to help keep the subject detained until Sheriff's Office deputies arrived.
"The victim in this case exercised his Second Amendment right to protect himself in his home," Nocco said in the video.
Deputies confirmed the first two intruders were deceased at the scene. They were later identified as Luis Casado, Jr. and Khyle Durham after next-of-kin notifications.
The third intruder was identified as 19-year-old Jeremiah Tramel, of Land O' Lakes. He was shot and transported to Tampa General Hospital to receive treatment.
Police reports state that Tramel initially denied the allegations of being involved in a crime before changing his statement. He admitted that the three subjects drove to the victim's home with the intent to commit a robbery while donning masks, gloves and firearms.
Tramel admitted to entering the victim's home after hearing gunfire, at which time he was shot and injured.
Tramel was charged with two counts of felony murder and one count of home invasion robbery with a firearm.
"The reason why he's being charged (with two counts of second-degree homicide) was because of his role in the robbery where two people died," Nocco said. "He is accountable for the deaths because it was during the commission of a felony that he was involved in where those two people died."
According to Nocco, the victim believes he may have been targeted because he's a gun enthusiast who posts numerous related pictures on social media.
The case remains under investigation and the state attorney's office will conduct an investigation, as well.