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Florida Self-Defense: Nearly 70-year-old Orange County woman recounts shooting, killing intruder :: 05/23/2022

An Orange County woman recounted her horrifying experience of shooting an intruder that broke into her home on Sunday.

Deputies responded to an Azalea Park home as someone attempted to break in around 12:40 p.m.

The 69-year-old homeowner, Virginia Morrison, recalled the moment she knew something was wrong.

"I heard the door handle kind of rattle. And then the door opened and the guy stepped in my house," she said. "I didn't know who he was. I looked at him and I said, 'who are you and what do you want?' [He said] nothing. The whole time the guy was here. He never said one word and I never saw his eyes move. Total blank," she said.

Morrison ran to the bedroom and screamed at her partner, Charlie, that there was a man in the house. 

"I looked at him, I said, 'Get your gun!' because he had a 45 laying on the bed. 'Get your gun,'" she said. "That gun never fazed this guy. Just a total blank."

Morrison said Charlie called 911 and then fired a shot into the ground near where the man was standing, and still, he didn't move. 

"I said, 'I'm getting my d--- gun' so I went to my bedroom and got my gun. I went out the back door and I came to the fence and he sees me. He starts toward me," she said. "I fired a shot above him. 'Back off, dude, I'll shoot you.' He just keeps coming toward me. So I shot him." 

When they arrived at the home located on Bentwood Street, deputies say they found a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound. The man was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead.

The case will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office which will decide on criminal charges.

"I feel bad for his family. But you just can't walk in people's homes," Morrison said. 

She said she and her partner Charlie, who is nearly 80 years old, have lived at the home almost 20 years. 

"I had to do what I had to do to protect myself and Charlie. And I would do it again. If I had to, but I don't want to do that," she said. "I hope God can forgive me for taking a man's life." 

Monday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office identified the man who was shot and killed as 38-year-old Ezequiel Rosario-Torres.

The Sheriff's Office said this case will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office, and they will determine whether charges should be filed.