Sarasota teen uses gun to fend off burglar

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- On Sunday afternoon, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of an attempted residential burglary on Sawyer Pine Road.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies made contact with the 15-year-old victim, who said that he was home alone when he heard banging noises from the back of the house.

He investigated the noise and saw the suspect attempting to enter the house through the back door. The boy says he feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a shotgun and fired a warning shot within the house, which caused the burglar to flee the scene.

A perimeter was established and a K-9 track was conducted, but they have not found the suspect. No one was injured as a result of the gunshot.

The burglar is described as a 5’10” to 6’ tall white male, wearing a black mask, black zippered jacket, blue jeans, with a thin to medium build.

IF you have any information on this case, you are asked to contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.