A gunman was killed and a 25-year-old man injured in a firefight after two masked men smashed their way into a Crystal River home late Wednesday, authorities said.
The two robbers kicked in the door at 11195 W Cedar Lake Drive just before midnight and ordered a 62-year-old woman inside to the floor, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
The woman began to scream.
Her son, who was in a back room of the house, heard his mother and came at the suspects with a gun, deputies said.
Gunfire filled the house and when it was over, the son and a robber were wounded, officials said.
The wounded robber, identified as Shawn Michael Wright, 25, was treated on the front lawn of the home when authorities arrived. He died at the scene.
The son and his mother were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released Thursday afternoon. Deputies declined to release the son's name, citing safety concerns.
The second robber fled in a vehicle, deputies said, and and his whereabouts were not immediately known.
Authorities were considering him armed and dangerous.
Wright's black Ford pickup was recovered several miles from the scene of the crime but it was unknown Thursday whether it had been used in the robbery.
Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of the second man was asked to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Call 911 or contact Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-888-269-8477
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