Armed 70-Year-Old Homeowner Ends Violent Attack On His Wife [Video]
A Florida man and his wife expirenced a horrific and reportedly unprovoked attack from a Georgia man visiting the area. Witnesses say the Georgia man was "screaming and swearing" for no apparent reason before approaching the 70-year-old man in his yard. The homeowner retreated into his garage and that when police say the erratic man broke into the home and began to beat the homeowner's wife.
On a Facebook post, the Bay Country Sherriff's office wrote:
"The Bay County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 6:05 am today, May 26, 2020, in reference to a home invasion burglary.
Deputies responded to 2319 Mound Avenue, Panama City, to find a man, shot, on the floor inside the home, a handgun on the kitchen counter. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene
The residents, a man in his 70’s, and his wife, stated to deputies that the husband had been outside in front of the home when he saw the man walking down the street, acting erratically. He was screaming and swearing, and, according to witnesses, acting very aggressively and erratically. The man walked down the husband’s driveway and approached the husband in a threatening manner. The husband went into the garage and then into the house to get away from the man, but the man followed, beating on the door to the house. The man then went to the front door, which was glass, and busted the glass and made entry. The man knocked the wife to the ground, got on top of her, and was beating her about the head. The husband stated he felt he could not physically stop the intruder so he went upstairs to get his firearm. He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat.
The wife was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
BCSO Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Unit are at the residence to begin the investigation and process the scene. They have identified the intruder as Nathan Jerrell Edwards, age 31. Edwards was from Georgia and staying in a short term rental residence a short distance from the residence he entered."
In a separate post, the sheriff's office announced several arrests of the group of friends the deceased was traveling with. Their charges include drug and child neglect:
"The group was visiting Bay County and staying in a short-term rental just a block away from a home that was the scene of a home invasion burglary this morning. The intruder believed responsible for the home invasion was a member of this group.
As BCSO Criminal Investigators began investigating this morning’s home invasion burglary, they identified the intruder as Nathan Jerrell Edwards, age 31. Edwards was shot during the home invasion by one of the residents. He died at the scene. They also determined he was staying at a nearby rental home with a group of his friends. Investigators made contact with the group and saw illegal narcotics in plain sight.
A search warrant was obtained and a search of the residence was conducted. Found in the residence was LSD, Cocaine, THC resin, and some unknown substances believed to be hallucinogens that will be submitted to a lab for testing. Also found in the home was an unsecured firearm and $1608.00 in cash. Due to the presence of children in the home, each individual arrested was also charged with Child Neglect.
Arrested was Ellecia Bryant, age 42, on charges of Possession of Marijuana more than 20 grams, Possession of THC resin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Neglect. Ashayla Lewis, age 19, Ourania Moore, age 26, and Khary Johnson, male, age 35, were charged with Possession of LSD, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana more than 20 grams, Possession of THC resin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Neglect. Additional charges are possible once laboratory test results are received."
There doesn't appear to be a link between the homeowner and the intruder so the attack seems to be either hate-motivated or drug-fuel.
Thankfully the homeowner was armed. No doubt his actions saved his wife's life. Undoubtedly, the entire terrifying ordeal has forever changed the pair. We wish his wife a speedy recovery.