A Florida Sheriff made his way into the national discussion this week because he is encouraging homeowners to shoot anyone who breaks into their home.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson, in fact, reportedly took it a step further, and said it’s his preference that homeowners shoot burglars.
“If somebody is breaking into your house, you’re more than welcome to shoot at them in Santa Rosa County,” Johnson said, according to the Miami Herald. “We prefer that you do actually.”
Johnson made his statement while discussing the arrest of Brandon J. Harris, who he said his department has arrested 17 times. And, the Herald reported, Harris faces seven charges after his latest arrest in the Pace neighborhood.
Johnson said his officers responded to the neighborhood and set up a perimeter, according to the Herald, after a call came in for a suspicious person there. The Herald said that, about 40 minutes after that call, a homeowner in the neighborhood took a couple of shots at Harris.
Harris is alleged to have broken into several homes, and Johnson said he was caught jumping out of a bedroom window of one of the homes in the Pace neighborhood. Harris was not hit by the shots, but he was cut by fencing, according to the Herald.
Johnson said the homeowner who took the shot at Harris has not revealed who they are. And that, apparently, is what set the stage for his speech on self defense while welcoming them to come forward.
“I guess they think they did something wrong,” he said. “Which they did not.”
“Come see us,” he added, according to the Herald. “We have a gun safety class we put on every other Saturday, and if you take that, you’ll shoot a lot better and hopefully save taxpayer’s money.”