WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) -
A family in Winter Haven shot and killed a burglary suspect, according to the Winter Haven Police report.
Officers responded to the burglary call around 6:50 a.m. Monday. When they arrived to 4219 Lake Marianna Drive they found the burglary suspect, identified as 40-year-old Mitchell Large, dead in the residence.
According to WHPD, the suspect was a complete stranger to the family who lived in the house. Police said, the homeowner Luis F. Pena, 54, his wife Bacenbina A. Pena, 53, and their son Luis A. Pena, 27, were all home when they heard a noise early Monday morning. A forth person, Lilliana E. Pena, 20, was also inside of the home, but did not witness the incident.
Luis A. Pena went to check on that and found somebody rattling the french doors leading off a back porch area. He pulled out a gun and fired a shot trying to scare off the intruder but the burglar didn't stop.
The young man went back to the kitchen where his mother and father were, both armed. Police say Large continued to charge at the residents and the three of them all shot at the intruder when they saw him.
At least one of the shots hit Large, of Winter Haven, in the torso. An autopsy is currently being conducted.
Detectives haven't confirmed how many times the Penas pulled the triggers, but the intruder was dead when the law enforcement arrived. They continue to investigate.
Denver Kemp, who lives about five houses down from the Pena's home, says he was surprised to hear what happened but if it were him, he would do the same thing if his family was in harm's way.
"I'll be more on my guard from now on," Kemp said.