Man shoots intruder after 911 call is transferred to voicemail

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PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A man shot an alleged home invader to protect his family after his 911 call was transferred to voicemail.

Photo: My Fox 13 Florida

Photo: My Fox 13 Florida

My Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida, reported a man called 911 when four alleged robbers armed with guns broke into his home.

According to Fox 13, the alleged intruders wanted money and prescription drugs.

Officials said the dispatcher tried to transfer the call from the fire department to law enforcement, which sent the man to voicemail.

The homeowner took matters into his own hands and shot one of the alleged robbers.

He called 911 again and told the dispatcher he was robbed and two women in the house were hurt.

Fox 13 reported officers responded less than five minutes after the original call. Florida man shoots him invader My Fox 13

Officials told Fox 13 the issues transferring the call did not slow their response.

The department said it is taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Three of the suspects have been arrested including the one the homeowner shot to protect himself and his family.

One suspect, 31-year-old Joe Reverdes, is still on the run.


  • I don't play with my life, I'd rather play with yours.

    Next time don’t shoot to stop them, SHOOT TO KILL THEM, When it comes to my family, I don’t take chances, should be stopped DEAD in their tracks

  • Cartman

    Anyone with firearms training and experience knows there is no such thing as “shoot to kill.”

    You shoot to HIT. And hopefully stop a threat. People who think you can “shoot his arm”, or “shoot the knife out of his hand”, or “shoot to wound”, watch way too much TV.

    You point at the center of mass, pull the trigger, and be ready to make your next move because handguns rarely stop someone instantly. The definition of a “one shot stop” is a hit that buys you THREE SECONDS to act before your target returns fire. Even a direct heart shot can leave an adrenaline-fueled adversary several seconds to return the favor.

    A handgun fight is like a boxing match with much higher stakes.

    • 10 years in the Army

      Your a idiot. That has never had any training. You don’t point weapon you aim it. and with good training you can put two in to the guy before he knows it.

  • Robert Kelley

    If your going to defend yourself and you decide to shoot someone – SHOOT TO KILL – screw that shit oh i just wanted to wound them – if your going to shoot your weapon in defense of your life you might as well since their inside your house – SHOOT TO KILL!. Their in your house attacking you – believe me YOUR COVERED!…

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