Palmetto city commissioner Brian Williams shot Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez, 22, who was in his house in an attempt to hide from the police, according to police.
(City of Palmetto/Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)
A Florida politician shot an alleged burglar who crashed his vehicle into a house during an attempt to flee the police officers, the officials said.
Palmetto city commissioner Brian Williams opened fire after seeing Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez, 22, hiding in his garage and try to find the kitchen, the Miami Herald reported.
“He was in the lawful defense of home and family,” Police chief Scott Tyler said.
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The officers tried to pull over Vasquez-Perez about 10 hours, Thursday after they saw him driving recklessly and suspected that he was impaired, police said. Vasquez-Perez sped off, crashed into a house in Palmetto and fled the scene with another passenger.
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Police caught the passenger a short time later, but Vasquez-Perez was able to get away and climbed over a fence leads to Williams in the backyard.
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Williams, armed with a gun, confronted Vasquez-Perez in his garage. The suspect tried to push past and punch Williams, who then pulled the trigger, striking Vasquez-Perez twice.
Vasquez-Perez was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from his wounds. He is faced with the cost of resisting arrest without violence, burglary and battery and traffic citations.
“I’m glad that everything turned out to be the case. I think he is doing OK and we are happy and glad that no one in my family was hurt,” Williams said about the incident, according to the Miami Herald.
Williams will not face charges in the incident because he acted in self-defense, police said.