Man Shoots Robber after 911 Call Goes to Voicemail

A home invasion out of Pasco County is garnering lots of attention as people wonder just how an emergency call could be rerouted to a recording.

A Pasco man shot a robber after his 911 call went to voicemail.
A Pasco man shot a robber after his 911 call went to voicemail.

The story of a Pasco County man who shot one of four home invaders after his call to 911 was rerouted to voicemail is raising a lot of questions.

The incident occurred June 11 on Gwain Road in Port Richey. According to MyFoxTampaBay, a man, his wife and stepmother were at home when four armed men broke in demanding money and prescription drugs. They roughed up the family and left, giving the man enough time to call 911. As a dispatcher attempted to transfer the call, it went to voicemail.

At that point, the bad guys returned, and the man shot one of the robbers.

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Deputies were dispatched to the home within minutes of the original call, and say the transfer didn’t hamper their response time. Even so, Fox reports that the incident is being looked into to prevent a recurrence in the future.

A YouTube recording of one of the man’s calls to 911 has logged more than 130,000 views.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has also issued a statement on its official Facebook page:

“We would like to remind our citizens that the Pasco Sheriff's Office does not control the emergency phone calls that come into the 911 center. The Pasco County Public Safety Communications Center is a function of the Pasco Board of County Commissioners. Any complaints about the servicing of 911 calls should be directed to that entity.”

Read more of the story on MyFoxTampaBay.

What would you do in a similar situation? Tell us by commenting below!

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Marvin Cohen June 30, 2014 at 02:17 PM
MR. MAGOO, what part of fucking fantasyland do you live? If every honest rightest American in the nation surrendered their firearms, only the criminals would possess them. If a violent criminal does not care who they hurt or kill, why would they worry about a firearm charge? Pull your head out of your ass, Mr. Magoo. Look at the light. HELLO? Anyone in there?
Steven Swedenburg June 30, 2014 at 03:02 PM
The light will probably blind him, hope this clown is not driving a motor vehicle, that would be very dangerous for all involved. And, have pity, if he pulled his head out of his ass the shock of seeing the light would probably stun the poor schmuck.
Diane M. Conkey-McGowan June 30, 2014 at 03:22 PM
The victim had every right to shoot someone who broke into his home and beat he and his family up.I would have done the same thing. It time that criminals realize that breaking and entering unlawfully is.punishable.by law and here where I live deadly since most people own guns and know how to use them. Too bad most courts try to make the homeowner out to be the person in the wrong. Good for the homeowner in this case. Now lets see your courts do their job of sending the intruder to jail or prison.
Steve M June 30, 2014 at 03:34 PM
If Byron Smith is released after his appeal, these home invasion break-ins would be the "suicide by homeowner" type and be very rare.
Carol July 09, 2014 at 12:57 AM
A 911 call should never go to voice mail. 911 is not a call center. I appreciate that it is a stressful job. This must've happened in error, for we cannot imagine that 911 would put you on "hold, please!", or worse yet, voice mail. Our worst childhood fears come true years later when an Anti-Citizen comes breaking into our house, our home, our safe place. Some ask, "Is there no God?" Others say, "But we have 911!" We so depend on you; please don't put us on hold, or worse yet, voice mail. 911 is our Godsend. You're THE BEST we have in the moment of horror, when we are violated in our safe place, whether or not one has a gun in the house. We must have the back-up from 911 dispatching HELP! to your house!! We pay taxes, and I hope it covers this very desperate need in all of our communities. Thank you for all the best that you do.


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