Sandy Modell, left, is all smiles with his son, Ryan, right.

Shooter in Lee County homicide cleared under ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

FORT MYERS, Fla. The man who shot and killed a 32-year-old man last year will not be facing charges.

James Taylor, a 45-year-old resident of Emerson Square community, shot Ryan Modell on Mar. 20, 2016 after Modell mistook Taylor’s apartment for his own and began beating on the door around 2:30 a.m., according to the state attorney’s office.

Taylor and his wife were woken up by the noise. He opened the front door and told Modell, who intoxicated after partying with friends, that this was the wrong unit and that he was armed.

Modell yelled obscenities at Taylor and began to charge him, an according to the state attorney’s office. When he got within two feet of Taylor, he feared for his life and fired one shot into Modell’s chest.

“After considering all of the evidence, it has been determined that the application of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is appropriate and justifies the use of deadly force by James Taylor,” the state attorney’s office said.

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