(As originally published, Wed, February 15th 2023, 6:33 PM EST)
INTERLACHEN, Fla. (TND) — A Florida sheriff called a 67-year-old woman “a perfect example” after she shot an armed intruder to death in her home.
He said deputies showed up at her home, overnight Wednesday, and found the intruder, 64-year-old Reginald Best, “lying on the floor bleeding from a single gunshot wound.” Best died at the hospital.
The homeowner told deputies she heard the front door handle shaking at about 3 a.m. and thought it might be her husband returning from work, so she opened the door — and wasn’t exactly alone.
That’s when she said Best forced his way inside.
According to Sheriff H.D. ‘Gator’ DeLoach, “The woman who was armed with a firearm told Best to leave the residence multiple times. The woman told deputies Best raised up both arms and she saw he had a firearm in his hand. Fearing for her life, she shot Best one time. After the shooting, she called 911.
The Putnam County sheriff also said deputies got “several erratic calls from Best and another female” earlier. He described one in which “Best told dispatchers he was hiding from his neighbors and there were people in orange standing outside his residence.”
In another, the other woman told dispatchers Best had jumped out of a window with a gun and ran down the street.
He added, deputies were heading out on those calls when the shooting happened.
“This call for service is a perfect example of why I continue to support and fight daily for the rights of law-abiding residents to own firearms,” the sheriff said.
“All firearm owners have a responsibility not only to themselves, but also to their families to maintain proficiency with a gun, as our victim here today clearly has. If it were not for her foresight to arm herself, the outcome could have been much graver. It’s unfortunate that Best was struggling with some apparently profound issues and posed a deadly threat to the victim and her family. She absolutely had the right to defend herself and I’m grateful that her decisive action stopped the threat, and eliminated the risk of further loss of life, making her entire neighborhood safer.”