Saturday, May 15, 2004

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

From the Miami Herald of May 15, 2004:

Lauderdale man shot in chest

A Fort Lauderdale man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest after he foiled an attempted home invasion early Friday morning, according to police.

Police learned that the victim, James Lee Sills, exchanged shots with the men who tried to force their way into his home.

The shooting was reported at 5:09 a.m. in the neighborhood of Northwest 14th Court, according to police.

When police arrived at the home, they found Sills slumped in the doorway, bleeding from a chest wound.

Police retrieved an M-16 assault weapon at the scene.

Sills, 47, had been shot in the chest with a shotgun, police said.

''He wasn't able to give officers any information as to how many culprits were involved,'' Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Sgt. Alfred Lewers Jr. said.

Sills told police he may have shot one of the men, Lewers said.

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