Cops: Homeowner fatally shoots suspected burglar hiding in truck in driveway
By Audrea Huff, OrlandoSentinel.com
11:02 AM EST, November 28, 2009
A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar this morning who was hiding in his pickup truck in his driveway, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.
Russell Conrad, 70, fatally shot Steve Hilson, 32, when Hilson, according to the homeowner, approached him in a threatening manner, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Conrad was awakened just before 4:30 a.m. by the sound of the horn of his truck, parked in the driveway of his home on County Road 561. Armed with his handgun, Conrad went to investigate. As he walked outside, the horn sounded again, and Conrad realized someone was inside the truck.
Conrad fired warning shots and ordered the suspected burglar out of the truck. But the suspect locked himself inside.
With his keys, Conrad unlocked the truck, then backed away, again ordering the suspect to come out.
That's when Hilson came toward Conrad, who feared for his life and shot the suspected burglar, fatally wounding him, the Sheriff's Office said.
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