A Florida man is facing criminal charges for shooting a suspected teen burglar in the back as he tried to flee, authorities said.
Chad Edward Locke, 51, called 911 after shooting the 16-year-old suspect he saw burglarizing a neighbor’s car outside his Gainesville home at about 2 a.m. Monday, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Locke told investigators he was “watching television and monitoring his exterior surveillance cameras” when he spotted someone burglarizing his neighbor’s car across the street, according to an arrest report obtained by The Post.
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Locke walked to his garage and then grabbed a handgun before yelling at the teen while standing in his own driveway to make sure it wasn’t his neighbor, deputies said.
The teen then turned toward Locke while holding a flashlight and possibly dropped something, leaving the homeowner unsure if the burglary suspect had “some sort of weapon,” according to the arrest report.
Locke then chambered a round in