Score one for the good guys.
OCALA – The Internet cafe patron who shot and injured two men as they tried to rob the business will likely not face any criminal charges.
“Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don’t anticipate filing any charges,” said Bill Gladson of the State Attorney’s Office for 5th Judicial Circuit.
Gladson said he has reviewed the security surveillance video from the cafe. While he still awaits final reports from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, he said the shooting appeared justified.
Samuel Williams, 71, who fired the shots, has a concealed weapons permit, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Under Florida law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if he or she fears death or serious injury to themselves or others. As long as the person isn’t committing a crime and is in a place where he or she has a right to be, they are considered to be acting within the law.
The Ocala Star-Banner identified the two attempted robbers, and interviewed one of them.
The Sheriff’s Office identified them as Davis G. Dawkins and Duwayne Henderson, both 19. Dawkins has a Dunnellon address. His alleged accomplice has an Ocala address, officials said.
Dawkins had a superficial wound in his left arm, but Henderson was shot in two places: his left buttock and his right hip.
“I feel horrible. It doesn’t feel good. It makes you think about life’s decisions, and how you should live your life,” Henderson said in an interview with the Star-Banner at the jail on Saturday afternoon.
Hours after his release from the hospital, Henderson, who talked about the pain he feels in his buttock and hip, said the plan was to “barge in, get the money and leave.” He said “he never expected anyone to be armed.”
“The gun was broken and rusty and wasn’t loaded. Nobody was going to get hurt,” he said, standing with crutches.
…Though Henderson said he doesn’t blame Williams for shooting, he takes exception with Williams shooting at him while he was down.
“I was down, and I’m not going to continue to shoot you,” he said.
He’s only lucky he still had the ability to run, because I’m pretty sure that Mr. Williams, based on the video, wasn’t going to stop firing until Henderson and his accomplice stopped moving.
H/T: GarandFan and Erika Johnsen