One dead in Odessa home invasion. Does stand your ground law apply?

An Odessa man fatally shot a relative who was trying to break into his home, Hillsborough County deputies said.
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Published July 4

ODESSA — A man was shot dead late Wednesday by a family member whose home he was trying to break into, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the 10000 block of Grove Lane about 11 p.m. and arrived to find a man dead inside a home. Neither he nor the shooter has been identified by the Sheriff's Office.

The shooter told deputies the other man, whose relation to him has not been released, broke a glass window on the back side of the home to get inside. A confrontation erupted, then the resident shot the intruder, deputies said. Three other adults — an elderly female family member and two of the shooter's friends — were also inside.

The event "appears to be domestic violence related," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release, adding that there is a history of domestic violence between the man who was shot and other living at the residence.

The shooter has not been arrested and is cooperating with detectives, the Sheriff's Office said. The agency will consult with the State Attorney's Office to determine whether Florida’s controversial stand your ground law applies. The law exempts from prosecution those who use deadly force to protect themselves if they fear for their lives.

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