OAKLAND PARK (CBS4) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office released the 911 call made by a neighbor as a homeowner fired shots at a suspected burglar in Oakland Park Wednesday afternoon.
“My heart was pounding so hard. I’ve never had my heart pound so hard. I’ve never been that scared,” the 911 caller told CBS 4′s Lauren Pastrana.
The woman sounded out of breath on the call as she responded to the dispatcher’s questions.
911 Operator: “Ma’am, what’s going on?”
Caller: “Somebody’s shooting!”
The burglary suspect who was shot by a homeowner is in the hospital recovering from his injuries, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
BSO said the shooting appears to be justified, as the homeowner was “defending himself.”
The homeowner who fired his weapon said he is a 73 year old retired teacher who had never fired his gun before.
“I could never envision myself shooting someone,” the homeowner told Pastrana the day after the shooting.
The man’s neighbor called 911 as shots were ringing out.
“My neighbor shot at the man as he was driving away in his silver car,” she’s heard telling the dispatcher.
Broward Sheriff’s investigators say Kevin Madigan, 44, from Boca Raton burst into the victim’s Oakland Park home Wednesday afternoon while the homeowner was inside.
“He just completely ignored me and continued to reach in and unlock the door,” the homeowner said.
The homeowner ran to get his gun and when he returned he says the thief was outside with a stolen television trying to get a cellphone from a female neighbor who was reporting the crime to 911.
“He tried to take my cell phone when I was calling the police,” the caller told the dispatcher.
BSO said the accused burglar drove off, got some gas from a nearby resident then smashed his car about a mile away from the victim’s home.
The suspect was still in the hospital Thursday.
He’s facing several charges including burglary of an occupied dwelling, robbery and grand theft.