Deputies: Homeowner shot teens who broke into Westchase apartment

Hillsborough County

WESTCHASE, Fla. (WFLA) – People at the Seasons at Westchase Apartment complex are troubled by a home invasion in their neighborhood, but understand the homeowner had to take swift action.

“I’m against guns, but if you have a family, you have to do what you have to do. That’s how I see it,” said neighbor Ingemar Espinosa.

Tampa attorney Bryant Camareno agrees and thinks the homeowner who opened fire did so legally.

“My gut reaction is the homeowner was asserting the Castle Doctrine, the ‘stand your ground,’ self-defense. All that applies. So gut reaction is nothing will happen to them,” he said.

Camareno explained that could change under one condition.

“Now the homeowner himself, if it later determined that he was involved in any illegal activity, that may preclude him from asserting a self-defense or ‘stand your ground’ claim,” Camareno said.

Hillsborough County deputies said four teens were involved in the incident, that remains under investigation, Saturday around 7:30 p.m. Two broke in and got shot, investigators said. One died and the other remains in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Two others waited in a car nearby and were stopped by deputies as they got to the scene.

Charges haven’t been filed at last check.

On Tuesday, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said there are no immediate updates to the case, but more information is likely in the next couple of weeks.

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