Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wellington, Florida Schoolteacher Shoots Armed Intruder

Wellington, Florida

From the February 16, 2009 South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
WELLINGTON - One man is dead and a couple is left shaken after a home-invasion robbery turned deadly early Monday.

The intruder wound up dead after he was shot by Heath Miller, 34, a popular music teacher at Howell L. Watkins MIddle School. The dead man is identified as Robert Rishard Tomlin, 22.

According to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman Pete Palenzuela, Tomlin entered the home Miller was renting through a back sliding-glass door at about at approximately 1:50 a.m. Miller told authorities he saw the silhouette of an individual with a handgun coming through the bedroom door and fired.

Miller and his wife Mirelle were quite shaken and were staying with his parents, said his mother Harma Miller, a former Belle Glade mayor who served for 14 years as a city commissioner.


Miller had concealed weapons permits from 1999 to 2003, according to records, which are no longer public.

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