TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials are investigating after a homeowner fatally shot a suspected car burglar in Tamarac, Saturday morning.
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call about a burglary suspect along the 9500 block of Northwest 82nd Court, at around 5:15 a.m.
Area residents praised homeowner Frank Johnston for what they described as an act of bravery. “He’s a good guy, and he’s protecting our neighborhood,” said one neighbor.
Neighbor Carla Ross was also thankful. “I was very scared,” she said.
According to officials, Johnston was out walking his dog spotted the subject trying to break into his neighbor’s car. He then watched as the 22-year-old subject neared his home and then attempted to burglarize his car.
Investigators said Johnston then confronted the subject. “The homeowner came outside the home armed. There was an altercation between the two. The homeowner did fire his weapon, injuring the suspect,” said BSO spokesperson Keyla Concepcion.
The subject was transported to Broward Health North, where he died.
“Nothing like that usually happens [here]. It’s unfortunate,” said one area resident.
The subject was later identified as Walter Jean St. Tilles. Authorities said he has a history of burglaries.
“It’s just sad that a life of crime could lead to your death,” said Ross.
This incident remains under investigation. “[Detectives] are talking to neighbors, collecting whatever evidence is available to then present this case to the state attorney’s office, who will ultimately make the decision as to whether or not charges will be filed in this case,” said Concepcion.
Ross said the incident has made her considering taking steps to beef up security. “I seriously thought about getting a security system or putting up surveillance and stuff like that,” she said.
As detectives piece together the chain of events leading up to the shooting, neighbors said they are grateful for Johnston’s quick actions. “I thank him for that,” said one area resident.
Copyright 2018 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.