Police: Florida commissioner shoots intruder in self-defense

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida city commissioner shot a man who broke into his home after crashing into a neighbor’s house.

Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler said the man climbed a fence into the backyard of Commissioner Brian Williams and broke into his garage after fleeing a traffic stop and crashing his car late Thursday.

Williams’ daughter lives next door and alerted her father to the intruder. In a Miami Herald report , Tyler said Williams confronted the suspect as he tried to enter the house.

Tyler said Williams shot the man twice in self-defense as he tried to push past the commissioner.

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Police said the suspect was hospitalized in stable condition and faces charges of resisting arrest, burglary and battery.

Williams said he was relieved no one in his family was hurt.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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