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Man shoots, kills intruder in Marion County, deputies say

A man shot and killed a home intruder late Monday night in Marion County, deputies said.

The fatal shooting was reported at 10:30 p.m. at a house on SE 158th Place in Summerfield.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the home in connection with an armed home invasion.

The victim said that he was about to go to bed when four masked people entered his home and injured his dog. 

Deputies said the victim barricaded himself in a room, but the intruder tried to enter.

The victim said he then shot the intruder, who fled the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The intruder was dropped off outside the Ocala Health Summerfield Emergency Room, where he was later pronounced dead, deputies said. His name has not been released.

Deputies didn't say if the resident suffered any injuries. Zeus, the man's dog, is recovering after being shot in the head during the invasion, the homeowner said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP.

An investigation is continuing.

Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates.

Hundreds of tenants told to vacate luxury apartments in Osceola County

Residents at Sola at Celebration received an email Monday notifying them they have 30 days to vacate the property.

Southstar Management told News 6 the problems were caused by the previous developer, Hines, after they bought the property in Fall of 2016.

The owner of the complex said it notified the Osceola County Building Department, who posted the signs after an inspection on Monday.

An engineering report provided to News 6 by Osceola County officials detailed some of the issues with the living spaces including cracked concrete and sloping floors. Inspectors also said they saw water damage on the roof in multiple locations.

The inspection company said it noticed cracks in ceilings near outdoor balconies, and tenants complained about the cement not being level.

“At this time, our building staff has marked the structure unsafe, and provided residents a 30 day window to gather their belongings and find other accommodations,” Osceola public information officer Andrew Sullivan said. “Staff will work with the owner(s) to ensure that the structures are habitable and up to code.”

Southstar released a statement to News 6 saying, in part, "We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this is causing our residents, but their safety is our No. 1 concern."

An official from the company said on Tuesday that all residents will need to be out of their apartments by Sept. 14. It's not known how long the repairs will take or when the residents will be permitted to return to their units.

[Read: Engineering report by Osceola County outlines problems at Sola]

Alex Pardee has lived at the complex for almost two years. He said when he first moved in, he noticed problems with his concrete corner balcony.

"Nobody likes to live in a building that says it's condemned," Pardee said. "These are things that are attached by duct tape and zip ties, which is not very comforting. So these are the poles that they said they were putting up because there is no imminent danger, but wanted us to feel safe."

The company said it plans to reimburse tenants for August rent, deposits and moving expenses.

"Hey, you have 30 days to get out, but don't be alarmed -- there's no imminent danger. Hey, your building is condemned. Now you got to get out," Pardee said.

Sola at Celebration has about 200 residents in 306 units.

Report: Lack of command stymied response to Florida airport shooting

A report shows that there was a command and communications breakdown among law enforcement during January's deadly shooting at a Florida airport.

The report released Tuesday by Broward County showed that no one from law enforcement took charge after the Jan. 6 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Five people died and six were wounded.

The report said the lack of having anyone in charge led to confusion among officers who responded. The hundreds of officers on scene eventually overwhelmed the radio system, causing problems with communication.

Authorities said Esteban Santiago flew from Alaska to Fort Lauderdale and opened fire in a crowded baggage claim area.

His trial has been delayed until at least January as prosecutors decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Former employee accused of stabbing manager at Sanford restaurant

Two men were arrested Monday night in connection with the stabbing of a manager at a Sanford restaurant over the weekend, police said.

Guy Hughes and Alfredo Rivas were arrested on charges of attempted homicide and robbery with a weapon. 

Sanford police said officers were called to Wolfy's Bar and Grill on North Palmetto Avenue at 7:19 a.m. Sunday after the manager, Larry Picardat, was stabbed.

Picardat told police that he was sitting at his desk next to the safe while preparing for the restaurant to open when someone, later identified as Hughes, put a gun to his head and said, "Give me all your money."

Picardat said he thought someone was pulling a prank on him, so he replied, "I don't have any money."

Hughes repeated himself, and Picardat realized it was not a joke, a police report said.

Picardat wrestled the gun away from Hughes, but Rivas stabbed him multiple times with a knife "in a very violent manner," the arrest report said. Rivas also attempted to slit Picardat's throat, according to police. 

"They had a gun, but I think it was just a cap gun, or a BB gun. The other one had a knife, stabbed me a few times," Picardat told a 911 operator.

Picardat was stabbed 10 times during the struggle: three times near his neck, six times in his midsection and once in the right leg, police said. The gun was later determined to be fake.

Surveillance video from the restaurant and witness statements helped police identify Hughes and Rivas as suspects, the report said.

Rivas' hoodie opened up during the stabbing and his face was visible multiple times in surveillance video from the incident, police said. Wolfy's employees who watched the video identified Rivas as a former employee. The details of his employment were not available.

Surveillance video from a nearby marina showed a red Honda CRV at Wolfy's around the time of the incident. Police determined that vehicle had been reported stolen out of Orange County and that Hughes was a suspect in the case.

Police said they located the vehicle at Capsmith Inc. in Sanford, which is located across from Hughes' home. 

The Sanford Police Department Neighborhood Response Unit located Hughes and Rivas outside Hughes' home around 7 p.m. Monday, and they were taken into custody, according to the arrest report.

Picardat was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital, where he underwent surgery, officers said.


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