Florida sheriff urges homeowners to shoot trespassers and ‘save taxpayers money’


An outspoken Florida sheriff has gone viral for encouraging homeowners to shoot trespassers – and potentially save taxpayer money in the process.

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson made the remarks after an unidentified Sunshine Stater shot a burglar with at least 17 arrests under his belt last week.

Johnson said the owner shouldn’t be afraid to come forward because he had done nothing wrong.

“If someone breaks into your house, you’re more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County,” Johnson said impassively to reporters. “We’d rather you did, actually.”

He politely offered the resident firearms lessons to improve his aim.

“You’re out of trouble,” he said. ” Come see us. We have a gun safety course that we run every other Saturday. If you take this you will shoot much better and hopefully save taxpayers money.

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson said homeowners are “welcome to shoot” home invaders in his Florida county.
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Florida’s “Stand Strong” law states that a resident of a home confronted with an intruder “has no obligation to retreat and has the right to stand firm and use or threaten to use “.

Calling him a “big traveler” of the justice system at the press conference, Johnson, a 40-year law enforcement veteran, said the alleged intruder, Brandon Harris, was arrested for the first time. once at age 13 and had already spent six years in prison for a home invasion.

Johnson said shooting home invaders would save taxpayers money.
Johnson said shooting home invaders would save taxpayers money.

“He just can’t figure out that crime doesn’t pay,” Johnson said, adding that he had outstanding warrants prior to his arrest last week.

More than a dozen deputies were first dispatched to the Pace neighborhood on Wednesday after 911 callers reported a suspicious man breaking into homes.

They established a perimeter and deployed police dogs as Harris continued to “jump fences and break into homes as they went,” Johnson said.

A weary resident shot Harris as he tried to break into their home, Johnson said.

The frenzied crook was eventually trapped in the bedroom closet of another home he allegedly broke into.

Surrounded, he suddenly fled the room with officers in pursuit and jumped out of a window before being taken into custody in a backyard, Johnson said.

“Hopefully this time he goes and he doesn’t come out,” Johnson said, noting that he chased a woman into a house with children inside and she was barely able to lock the door before he can enter.

Johnson also promoted his office's gun safety course to help people "boo much better."
Johnson also promoted his office’s gun safety course to help people “shoot much better.”
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“He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and I hope he goes to jail for the rest of his life,” the sheriff said.

Johnson lamented to the Post that criminals have the upper hand in less criminal states like New York, California and Illinois.

“If you give criminals certain freedoms with your citizens, they’re going to go the extra mile,” he said of spiraling crime in other parts of the country. “That’s why people are leaving these areas in droves. You have no right to protect yourself or your property.

New York Post

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