Central Fla. woman opens fire when ex-beau attempts break in
March 5th, 2015 by Staff
(WFTV.COM) ALTOONA, Fla. – A Lake County woman says she was forced to open fire on an ex-boyfriend who was trying to break into her home.
Deputies said the shooting happened around 1 am. Wednesday at Rhonda Webb’s Altoona home.
“She states she is afraid for her life, she was in fear,” Sgt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office documented accusations that Webb’s boyfriend had been stalking and harassing her.
Webb, 49, called 911 early Wednesday morning, saying that the man had shown up at her home again, uninvited and without warning.
According to deputies, neighbors heard the man trying to make his way into the Webb’s house.
She told investigators that she had no choice but to shoot as he broke in. She said she shot him in the stomach.
“I don’t blame her. At 2 am. out here, you don’t know,” neighbor Lowell Williams said.
According to sheriff’s officials, deputies found the man on the floor. He was taken to Waterman Hospital. His name and condition have not been released.
A few months ago, Webb told a judge that she felt like a “prisoner” in her own home.
In a petition for an injunction, she wrote that the man, described as an on-again, off-again boyfriend, would show up at her home, often in the middle of the night.
She said that one time he arrived with a gun, and sometimes he would follow her and yell at her.
Deputies said it appeared that the man was breaking into Webb’s home on Wednesday and that she was defending herself.
The judge denied her petition for an injunction, saying Webb had failed to prove her case and that the stalking complaints needed to be handled by deputies.