WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Polk County deputies say a man shot an intruder who broke into his home and tried to start a fight.
A woman called 911 Sunday morning to say a man had broken into her screened in porch and was lying on the table. Authorities also received a call from her neighbor who said a man was banging on his door, screaming and cursing. Thirty-three year-old William Cromwell told the man to go away, but the suspect ran into Cromwells' home. Cromwell accidentally fired a shot into the ground.
The suspect allegedly took off his shirt, yelled, "You wanna fight?" and charged Cromwell.
His young children were upstairs sleeping.
Cromwell is a security guard with Winter Haven Hospital and a U.S. Navy veteran.
The victim has not been identified.
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