By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2021
A Florida Homeowner shot an Intruder and made America’s Favorite Sheriff “proud.”
In a story first reported by Dave Urbanski at Blaze Media, a Polk County resident confronted an intruder in his home and took care of business 2A style! Sheriff Grady Judd said he was proud of the homeowner’s actions and stated:
“The homeowner did exactly what he should have. He had a gun, he knew how to use it, it was loaded, and he shot him a lot. He gave him and early Christmas present. Only Santa Claus gets to come to your house – and Santa Claus is invited.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the intruder, Steven Stillwell, 42, entered the homeowner’s backyard and gained entry to the home by throwing a potted plant through the French doors on the enclosed back porch. The homeowner confronted him as he entered, shooting him three times! The homeowner then called 911. When Polk County deputies arrived, the homeowner handed them his firearm and directed them to the living room where Stillwell was lying. The deputies provided first aid for gunshot wounds, and Stillwell was then turned over to Polk County EMS for transport to the hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
Detectives located a shotgun (likely stolen) belonging to Stillwell in the backyard and retrieved video evidence showing Stillwell running from a gate to inside the attached back porch area. The evidence clearly shows the French doors had been smashed from the outside, allowing Stillwell access to the living room where he was shot.
Stillwell was still in the hospital with charges pending. Stillwell has an extensive arrest history, including 14 felonies, 5 misdemeanors, and 11 re-arrest charges, such as Violation of Probation (VOP) etc. Stillwell’s previous convictions include drug possession, possession of firearm by convicted felon, DUI, and dealing in stolen property.
For those of you unfamiliar with Sheriff Judd, he is a true believer in the 2nd amendment and the right of the people to defend themselves. Sheriff Judd also had these pearls of wisdom on the shooting and Florida’s Castle Doctrine:
“The castle doctrine is very clear in Florida law. A person’s home is his refuge. The evidence in this case at this point indicates that the suspect illegally forced his way into the home. The homeowner did exactly what he had a right to do. I commend him for protecting himself and defending his home.”
This is the way! The majority of the time, police are going to get there after the crime has occurred. The chances of you coming out on top and alive are much better if you’re armed and trained to defend yourself and your family.
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].