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Woman fatally shoots intruder in Lithia, second suspect on the run

Two men targeted the home and a man living there was pistol whipped, the Sheriff’s Office said. That’s when the woman went for a gun.

LITHIA — A woman fatally shot one of two intruders in her home Wednesday night and deputies were still searching Thursday for the second suspect, deputies said.

Deputies and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded shortly before 9 p.m. to a 911 call about a home invasion on the 100 block of Old Welcome Road, Hillsborough sheriff’s Major Frank Losat said. First responders found a man dead in a roadside ditch.

Investigators learned that two people, a man and a woman, were in the home when two men broke in and “made demands of them,” Losat said. One of the intruders began to pistol whip and beat the male homeowner. The woman retrieved a legally owned firearm and fired one round, striking one of the intruders, the man found in the ditch.

The other intruder fled in a vehicle and deputies were still searching for him Thursday.

The male homeowner was taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition, Losat said. Investigators believe the family was targeted and the home invasion was not random.

“I would encourage if any of the neighbors see any suspicious vehicles or anybody walking around the neighborhood that they do not recognize to please call 911,” he said.

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