69-yr-old Florida woman says she warned home invader to ‘back off dude’, but he didn’t. Now, he’s dead.

A 69-year-old-woman in Florida remembers telling a home invader to “back off” before shooting him dead, she says, as she recalled the day of the alleged invasion.

The United States 2nd Amendment and Florida’s Stand Your Ground state law once again helped save two innocent lives, potentially; they certainly helped stop an alleged home burglary in progress.

“Back off, dude,” are the words Orange County-based homeowner Virginia Morrison recalled shouting at the man who broke into her house in an attempted but botched robbery, according to WESH.

“I fired a shot above him,” she recounted. “‘Back off, dude, I’ll shoot you.’ And he just keeps coming toward me. So I shot him.”

She recalled the events very vividly.

“I heard the door handle rattle,” she said. “Then, the door opened, and the guy stepped into my house. I didn’t know who he was. I looked at him and I said, ‘who are you and what do you want?’ The whole time… he never said one word, and I never saw his eyes move.”

(Video: Fox 35 Orlando)

Morrison said she rushed into her bedroom and told her partner, Charlie, who is nearly 80-years-old, that there was a home invasion taking place by an unknown male intruder.

Morrison and her partner reportedly called the police first.

“I looked at him,” she said about Charlie. “I said, ‘Get your gun!’ because [Charlie] had a 45 laying on the bed. ‘Get your gun.”

Morrison explained she did not initially want to harm the burglar. So she first gave him a strong and serious warning, letting him know that she was armed and would open fire if he did not stand down.

“I said, ‘I’m getting my damn gun,’ so I went to my bedroom and got my gun. I went out the back door and I came to the fence, and he sees me. He starts toward me,” she said.

Then, she recounted, she fired a warning shot near the intruder, giving him another chance to surrender before shooting at him, directly.

“That gun never fazed this guy,” she said. “Just a total blank.”

That’s when she felt that she had no other choice but to defend herself, her partner, and her home from the invader, Morrison claimed as she did not know the subject’s intentions, as he never once spoke back to her or responded verbally or physically to her warnings.

Police reportedly responded to the woman’s call at 12:40 p.m., regarding an alleged home invasion on Bentwood Street in the Azalea Park neighborhood of Orlando; they later arrived and found the alleged thief, a man in his 30s, with a gunshot wound.

He later died in the hospital of the wounds.

Monday afternoon, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified the alleged intruder as 38-year-old Ezequiel Rosario-Torres.

“I had to do what I had to do to protect myself and Charlie. And I would do it again. If I had to, but I don’t want to do that,” she said, becoming emotional. “I hope God can forgive me for taking a man’s life.”

Neither Morrison nor her partner Charlie sustained injuries during the alleged attempted burglary incident.


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