I was taken aback when Mr. Fancy Schmancy shouted "A pox on both your houses!" as I was unaware that he knew of my summer home. Founding member of the Hogtown Irregulars, and former indentured short order cook still on the run. Professional Zamboni racer and bronze medal recipient in the 2010 All-Miami Outdoor Zamboni Championships.
Miami-Dade police on Friday identified two armed intruders who were killed during a home invasion on Thanksgiving Eve.
Dead in the robbery attempt: Derrick Fussell, 28, and Gustavo Perez, 23.
Police say the two men burst into the apartment at 17255 SW 95th Ave. at about 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday. The homeowner, Antonio Luis Delpino, 27, fired at the men.
Perez was felled by the gunfire. Fussell jumped from the third-floor apartment in an attempt to escape, and died from his injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Fussell was arrested two months previously as a habitual offender while driving with a suspended driver license. He has previous arrests for drug possession and a home invasion and battery. His arrests were first reported in a local blog, www.randompixels.blogspot.com.
Delpino will likely not face charges, since the men broke into his home and he was defending himself, police said.
According to detectives, the incident began about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two armed men broke into the apartment at 17255 SW 95th Ave. The resident, who was also armed, greeted the intruders with gunfire.
Detectives did not speculate publicly about the intruders' motive.
The shooting rattled the Village Homes and Condos at Palmetto Bay, an ordinarily quiet 181-unit complex.
Neighbors were wakened by the sound of gunfire, and some saw one of the injured intruders struggling to get back onto his feet after falling from the third-floor window.
Under Florida's Stand Your Ground Law, a resident can presume the threat of bodily harm or death from anyone who breaks into a home, and is allowed to take defensive measures, including deadly force, against an intruder.
Translation: In Florida, people have the same rights as the constabulary, and then some. Just as the good Lord intended it to be. If someone is in your home uninvited, shoot to kill. Or become a headline then fodder for crime show plots, like Criminal Minds, or Law & Order that portray people as sheep awaiting shearing.
Then again, you could always just slam some birdshot into the invaders then bend over and kiss your ass goodbye. Like some folks recommend. Me, I'm old fashioned.