Hillsborough homeowner shoots intruder, suspects on the run

Hillsborough County

A Hillsborough County family is shaken up after deputies said two men wearing masks broke through the front door of their home in Town N’ Country Wednesday. 

Deputies said the homeowner shot one of the suspects but the men still got away and are on the run. 

A new front door was put on the home Wednesday several hours after the intruders broke-in. 

Deputies said two Spanish- speaking men with medium builds broke into the front door of the home in the 7000 block of Lawnview Court around 3 a.m. 

Amanda Granit with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office described what happened next.  “The husband does what I think many of us would do in this situation and grabs a shotgun,” said Granit.  “He was able to confront these suspects and fired once, hitting at least one of the suspects.  “

A neighbor who’s lived in the area for several decades says this kind of violence doesn’t happen out there.

“I hope they catch them. Sooner or later they will. They’re going to have to go to the hospital to get a bullet out, I imagined. I can’t imagine anybody breaking into that house in particular because it’s at the end of the cul de sac,” said neighbor Houston White. 

White said the people who live in the home are quiet and are good neighbors. 

Deputies are looking for an older model Dodge Dakota.  They released surveillance pictures of the truck late Wednesday afternoon.. 

The men headed toward Hanley Road after the homeowner shot one of the suspects, according to deputies. 

Granit says detectives are monitoring local hospitals to see if either of the men show up for treatment.  They’re also analyzing the blood the men left at the scene.  

“We know they left a trail of blood, that will be collected,” said Granit.  “It will be ran through our system to see if it comes up with any matches and possibly that could lead us to a suspect.  “

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. 

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