May 27, 2014

Grassy Key man shot in apparent home invasion robbery

Detectives are investigating an apparent home invasion robbery during which the resident of the home was shot in the leg.

When Deputy Tyler Blanton arrived on the scene at 1:30 a.m., he found the 39 year old victim outside the house at the 58 mile marker of the highway. He was bleeding from a gunshot wound on his leg. The victim told the deputy the suspects who shot him had just left the scene northbound, driving a gold colored sedan.

The victim told the deputy he’d heard a knock on his door at 1:15 a.m. and, when he answered the door, three men wearing bandannas over their faces burst in yelling at him to get on the ground. He said he struggled with one of the suspects, who was armed with a handgun. During the struggle, the gun went off injuring his leg.

After the struggle, the victim got up and ran out the front door. He began running toward a neighboring house yelling for help and heard two gunshots behind him. A bullet hole was found in a storage trailer parked in the neighbor’s yard. At that point, he said the suspects fled in their car.

The victim’s roommate was also on the scene. He said he was sleeping when he heard the noise from the struggle. He said he reached for his cell phone to call for help, but one of the suspects came into his room and took his phone from him, warning him, “don’t wake up or I’ll kill you.” The suspect then exited the room, taking the phone with him.

The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics, but refused transport to the hospital. Detective Bobby Burkett will be the lead detective investigating the case. According to Detective Burkett, the only thing the suspects appear to have taken were medications prescribed to the victim.

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