Florida man who shot and killed his sister’s abusive ex will not face charges

A Florida gunman who rushed to defend his sister from an abusive ex-boyfriend will not face charges after fatally shooting him, according to the local sheriff’s office.

“If someone points a gun at you and cocks it, you can shoot them,” Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told WEAR News about the incident that unfolded last week.

Escambia County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home inside the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park last Tuesday and found an unidentified 26-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Investigators said the man was the ex-boyfriend of an unidentified 24-year-old woman who lives at the home.

The man reportedly kicked down the woman’s door, entered the home and punched her “several times,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Chip Simmons said, “If someone points a gun at you and cocks it, you can shoot them.”flsheriffs.org
The Silver Lake Mobile Home Park in Escambia County, Florida.The Silver Lake Mobile Home Park in Escambia County, Florida.Google Maps

The woman grabbed her phone and texted her neighboring relatives, including her 23-year-old brother, who ran to her house to protect her.

Investigators said another argument broke out when the brother arrived, and the ex-boyfriend pulled out a gun and pointed it at him.

“At one point, the man who forced entry into the trailer pulled out a gun, pointed it at his brother and cocked it,” the sheriff said.

The woman’s brother was also armed and fired two shots at the man, killing him.

The brother is not facing charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

The State Attorney’s Office added in a comment to WEAR News that recent Florida laws have expanded the scope of self-defense for residents.

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“‘Stand Your Ground’ has expanded the area of ​​the castle,” Assistant State’s Attorney John Molchan told the outlet. “We used to have the ‘Castle Doctrine,’ which said your house was your castle and you could use deadly force to defend yourself from a murderer or a person who committed a serious crime.”

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