A home intrusion suspect was shot dead in Pinecrest, Florida, on Monday after breaking into the home of a federal agent who was able to quickly grab her gun.
ABC News reports that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent, 55-year-old Maria Otero, was sleeping when “28-year-old Robert Young III smashed in a glass sliding door” around 1:30 a.m.
According to Local 10 News, Otero “fired several shots” at Young, killing him on the scene. Police did not report how many times Young was shot.
CBP confirmed that Otero used her government-issued sidearm, a “.40 caliber Smith & Wesson.”
Although Otero’s neighbors were surprised at the intrusion, they also admitted to worrying that the location of the neighborhood made such an incident likely. One neighbor said, “(I was) a bit surprised, a bit shocked, but you know, it’s a very quiet neighborhood around here, Well, it is Miami, so it can happen, but not in this neighborhood. This tends to happen in other neighborhoods. But this area has scared me always a bit because we’re so close to U.S. 1, so it’s a quick getaway.”
Otero is on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation into the incident.
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