Miami, Florida

From Miami’s The Miami Herald of March 23, 2007

Man having coffee on porch shoots intruder

A man having his morning cup of coffee on the back porch pulled a handgun and shot an intruder Friday, Miami police said.

The incident happened at 8:48 a.m. in the 1100 block of Northwest 37th Street. John James was relaxing when, he told police, a man broke into the fenced yard and threatened to assault him and break into the home.

James grabbed the .22 Magnum and opened fire, striking the intruder multiple times.

”I guess he was trying to get what he wanted to get,” said the shooter’s brother, John Lee James. “And he got more than that. He got a bullet in the ass.”

The intruder, described as heavyset by neighbors, was taken to the hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Police were talking to the shooter about what happened. His brother John Lee, with whom he lives, rushed home from work when he learned of the incident.

”I’m just happy my brother is safe and nothing more serious happened,” John Lee James said.

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