Port Charlotte Man Shoots Would-be Robber

The botched home invasion robbery ended quickly when one of the suspects sustained a nonfatal gunshot wound to the stomach, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have arrested one man, and intend to charge the other upon his release from a Fort Myers-area hospital in connection to the attempted robbery at the 21000 block of Beaverton Avenue.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. as Peter L. Gilmore, 69, and his 25-year-old son, James S. McGlone sat inside their home.

The Sheriff’s Office said McGlone went to answer the front door when it was kicked open by two men wearing stockings over their faces.

The men, later identified as Keith Sowers, 32, of Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte resident Joshua Eugene Becerril, 29, entered. Becerril reportedly held a large knife at Gilmore’s face and threatened to kill him.

McGlone, however, ran into his father’s bedroom, where Gilmore kept several guns.

Sowers, toting a tire iron, chased him.

Detectives say McGlone pointed a handgun at Sowers and told him to leave, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

Sowers allegedly hit McGlone over the head with the tire iron, at which point McGlone shot Sowers in the stomach.

Sowers reportedly hobbled out of the house with Becerril. Read more

Source: heraldtribune.com

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