Florida sheriff promotes gun safety course for residents to shoot home invaders: ‘We’d rather you do it’


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A Florida sheriff is encouraging residents to take gun safety classes after a homeowner fired multiple shots at an intruder on Wednesday, arresting the individual who allegedly broke into multiple homes.

Police have arrested Brandon J. Harris, 32, who was arrested after he allegedly broke into several homes in Pace, Florida, and was arrested by a landlord who fired multiple shots at him, according to the Pensacola Daily News.

Calls from burglars began coming into the sheriff’s office around 4:30 p.m., police said. Harris is charged with attempted burglary with assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, attempted robbery and several other charges.

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Brandon J. Harris
(Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office)

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson told a news conference Thursday that one of the homeowners fired shots at Harris and said he was arrested after he was stuck in a house he allegedly broke into.

“Probably 20 deputies are coming in there, the dogs are out, and he’s jumping fences and breaking into houses as he goes,” Johnson said. “One of the owners, he had broken into their house, and they shot him. So he keeps running, we finally cornered him in a house he broke into Tom Sawyer and we got him. got stuck in a room.”

Johnson also encouraged other residents to follow in the owner’s footsteps and take gun safety courses, adding that they are “more than welcome” to shoot anyone who breaks into their home.

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Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson told a news conference Thursday that one of the homeowners fired shots at Harris and said he was arrested after he was stuck in a house he allegedly broke into.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson told a news conference Thursday that one of the homeowners fired shots at Harris and said he was arrested after he was stuck in a house he allegedly broke into.
(Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office)

“I guess they think they did something wrong, which they didn’t. If someone breaks into your house, you’re more than welcome to shoot them in the county from Santa Rosa. We’d rather you did, actually. So whoever it is, you’re not in trouble, come see us. We have a gun safety course that we run every other Saturday. “, Johnson said.

The sheriff added that residents who take the course will shoot a gun “much better” and possibly save taxpayers money.

“If you take that, you’ll shoot a lot better and hopefully save taxpayers’ money,” Johnson said.

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Johnson also described Harris as a “wide traveler”, noting that he had already been arrested 17 times.

“You hear me talk about frequent flyers all the time. Our first interaction with this individual was when he was 13. Since then he’s had about 17 arrests,” Johnson said. “We sent him to jail for six and a half years for trespassing, and he just can’t get a handle on crime that doesn’t pay.”


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