Elderly FL man fatally shoots home intruder who was attacking his wife

by Jordyn Pair · May 29th, 2020 4:07 pm

Bay County Sheriff's Office

A Florida man in his 70s fatally shot a home intruder who broke through a glass front door and attacked his wife on Tuesday, according to investigators.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrived at the Panama City home around 6 a.m. to find Nathan Jerrell Edwards, 31, dead on the floor and a handgun on the counter.

"The husband stated he felt he could not physically stop the intruder, so he went upstairs to get his firearm," the sheriff's office said. "He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat."

The husband said he was standing outside when Edwards walked up to his driveway and approached him in a threatening manner. Witnesses also told officers that Edwards was "acting erratically," as well as screaming and swearing.

The deputies did not name the husband.

The husband went into his home to get away from Edwards, but Edwards followed him, eventually breaking the large glass panel on the front door and entering the house. Edwards then attacked the man's wife, knocking her to the floor and beating her, according to deputies.

The man said he shot Edwards, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man's wife was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.


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