Apopka, FL – An off-duty Orange County sheriff’s deputy shot an ax-wielding burglary suspect as he was breaking into her home on Tuesday night.
Orange County deputies began responding to the Rolling Oaks subdivision at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 after they received reports of a man who broke into one residence and attempted to make entry into several more, WFTV reported.
An Orange County deputy living in the neighborhood was at home with her children, unaware of the incidents occurring in the area, when the intruder targeted her home.
“He literally took an ax and broke through the back door,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina told reporters during a press conference later that night.
As the suspect made his way into the house, the deputy opened fire, shooting him repeatedly in the lower extremities, WKMG reported.
She wrestled him into handcuffs during the struggle that ensued and then began delivering life-saving aid until on-duty deputies and medical personnel arrived at the scene, according to WFTV.
The suspect is expected to survive his wounds and will be charged with armed burglary once he is released from the hospital, Sheriff Mina told WFTV.
“I think [the deputy] did a great job,” the sheriff said. “She protected herself and her kids, who were at home with her. Just like any normal person, I think she’s shaken up by this.”
The deputy involved in the incident is a two-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, WFTV reported.
“Our deputies are trained to protect themselves, protect our communities, and this person broke into a deputy’s home with an ax, and who knows what his intentions were,” Sheriff Mina said. “Anyone like this is going to be met with lethal force by our deputies, and I think she did a great job.”
The deputy’s neighbors said they are glad she and her children are safe and that she was able to stop the suspect before he victimized anyone else.
“My wife and kids are safe, and I’m glad the deputy’s safe and that her kids are safe, because that’s what really matters,” area resident Mike Largent told WFTV.