A 29 year old man attempting to break into a home in Sarasota, Florida was met with deadly force when he encountered the homeowner.
Deputies were called to a home on 47th Street just after 11 p.m. to assist the fire department in a medical call. When they arrived on the scene, they found the would-be burglar dead.
According to reporting by Fox News, “Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 11:04 p.m. local time from the family of 29-year-old Aaron Pischer, who said he had been experiencing mental health issues and had appeared to be disoriented.”
Before deputies arrived at the family’s home, Pischer had already left. While attempting to search for him, deputies received another call regarding a shooting at a nearby home.
Upon arriving at the scene, police discovered that Pischer had attempted to break into a home, and the homeowner’s son had shot him in self-defense. Florida has a Stand Your Ground Law in place, meaning that homeowners are allowed to use lethal force against a person or persons that they feel pose an imminent threat to their safety.
The 911 call recording was obtained by local news station WTVT. On the call, the homeowner’s son can be heard telling the dispatcher: “I’m locked in my dad’s closet. Please get here quick. I don’t know if there’s more.”
“I shot him. He started charging me. He picked up one of dad’s plants on the front yard and he charged me,” he says.
The homeowner’s son has chosen to keep his identity private.
“At this time, it does not appear the suspect and homeowner are known to one another,” Kaitlyn Perez, a spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office said.
The official Twitter account for the Sarasota County Sheriff posted about the shooting, writing: “Detectives are continuing to conduct a shooting investigation in the 4500 block of 47th Street in Sarasota. When deputies arrived, they located a deceased male. Based on preliminary investigation, it appears the homeowner shot the suspect as he was attempting to break in.”
Detectives are continuing to conduct a shooting investigation in the 4500 block of 47th Street in Sarasota. When deputies arrived, they located a deceased male. Based on preliminary investigation, it appears the homeowner shot the suspect as he was attempting to break in. pic.twitter.com/pKNCeJY7TB
— SarasotaSheriff (@SarasotaSheriff) June 2, 2021
Pischer reportedly had a history of mental illness and had one prior arrest in Sarasota County for theft in 2018.