(WSVN) – A 70-year-old woman shot and killed someone entering her Orlando home after firing warning shots.
“I fired a warning shot, told him to back off, and he just kept coming,” said Virginia Morrison, who owns the house. “He had a blank look on his face, so I just lowered the gun and shot him.”
Officials said the intruder was identified as Ezekiel Rosario Torres.
Morrison demanded that Torres leave her house before hitting him with a broom. When he refused to leave, she grabbed her gun.
Experts said that shooting could be warranted under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
“If someone walks into your home and you don’t know who it is, Florida automatically says, ‘Yeah, we’re assuming you’re scared,'” said attorney Mike Panella. “They get us, they get us as people. That’s a scary statement.”
Panella said an exception to this law is when a homeowner shoots someone who is running away.
“These cases revolve around tiny facts. Hey, a sane person under the circumstances would have known that person wasn’t there to harm them,” Panella said.
The deputies referred the case to the prosecutor’s office to decide on their lawsuit.
Regardless of the outcome, Morrison still thinks about the incident.
“I have feelings. I have God in my life,” Morrison said. “That’s my main thing, asking myself if God will forgive me for taking a life. It bothers me.”
It’s still unclear why Torres entered the house.
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