• Homeowner fatally shoots burglary suspect at Eustis home, deputies say

    By: Christopher Boyce , Myrt Price , Kevin Williams


    Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff's Office said a homeowner shot and killed a burglary suspect inside a Eustis home.

    Investigators were called to a home on Dee Street near State Road 44 in the Pine Lakes area of Eustis around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

    Deputies said the Slade Johnson fatally shot 27-year-old Brandon Allen Woods during a confrontation at the home. 


    Detectives said that three seperate burglaries had been reported at the residence in the 24 hours before the shooting. Investigators believe Woods may have been connected to other burglaries in the area as well.

    Deputies said Slade has been doing some work on the home, so he has been staying with his family. When he discovered his property had been targeted by thieves, he stayed at the home Monday night. Deputies said when Woods returned to the property, Slade grabbed his gun and went out to confront him.

    "He met the suspect on his property and at that point a struggle ensued. The suspect was shot," said Lake County sheriff's deputy John Harrell.

    Slade was later taken to an area hospital for non-life threatning injuries he sustained in the confrontation, according to the LCSO. Deputies said he acted in self-defense.

    Deputies said another neighbor told them she chased Woods away from her home Monday night.

    Records said Woods had previously been arrested on drug charges and for battery and burglary.

    Investigators are trying to figure out if the suspect was working alone.



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