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Resident shoots home intruder in Jacksonville

9:49 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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MAYPORT, Fla. -- Cypress Cove was a quiet working class neighborhood in the Mayport community until Thursday morning when a gunshot rang out.

Alex Damiani lives on Cypress Landing Drive, a few houses from the crime scene and said she was scared.

"I had just left the house and as soon as I left, this happened. It could have been me at home," she said. 

About 8:50 a.m. Thursday, police received a call about a burglary in progress. When they arrived, it had become a homicide scene.

"It appears that the homeowner shot an intruder," said Sgt. Michael Paul. 

Paul said the suspect was carrying a bag of backpack and was dead on the floor in the house.

"The homeowner is a female she lives there with here adult son," said Paul, "The son was in the home alone when the burglary occurred."

Police said he used a handgun to defend himself, but did not know how many shots might have been fired. It was too early in the investigation.  

Damiani, a mother of two, was watching it unfold from her living room. She wants to see her side of Cypress Landing Drive back to normal.

"I live here with my boyfriend. He's been here over ten years and we've never had anything stolen out of the yard," she said.

Police have yet to identify the shooter or the suspect.

Neighbors identified the shooter as DJ. For a few moments, he was in police custody to determine if any charges should be filed against him.

The investigation is ongoing.

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