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Suspect shot during Port Richey home invasion

Published Sep. 2, 2016

PORT RICHEY — A woman fired a shot at three intruders who broke into her home Wednesday night, hitting one of the men in the shoulder.

Michael Jay Shackelford, 46, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Shackelford and two other men broke into the woman's home on Buchanan Drive about 8:50 p.m., Pasco County sheriff's deputies said. Shackelford pointed a gun at the woman's husband, told him to lie on the ground and checked his pocket for a wallet, according to Shackelford's arrest report.

While that was happening, the woman, who was not identified, ran to her room and retrieved a gun. She returned to the living room, where the burglars were standing over her husband, and told them to freeze, deputies said.

When the men headed for the door, she told them to freeze again. Shackelford turned toward the woman, and she fired.

While leaving the house, Shackelford got into a fight with the woman's husband, the arrest report said. They struggled for Shackelford's gun, which deputies said was stolen, and two rounds were fired. The husband and a neighbor were able to hold down Shackelford until deputies arrived.

Shackelford was charged with home invasion robbery with a deadly weapon.

Detectives were still looking Thursday for the two other intruders.

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