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A Florida city commissioner says he shot a man twice in self-defense after the suspect trespassed on his property Thursday night.
Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez, 22, is said to have climbed a fence into the backyard of Commissioner Brian Williams - a Vietnam war veteran - and then broke into his garage when he was confronted.
Incident - Resident - Neighborhood - Traffic - Stop
The incident occurred after the suspect - who is a resident in the neighborhood - fled a traffic stop around 10pm when police caught him driving recklessly.
Believed to be under the influence at the time officers pursued him and tried to get him to pull over, he sped off and then crashed his car into the side of the commissioner's neighbor's house.
Neighbors - Fourth - Street - West - Home
Meanwhile the neighbors whose Fourth Street West home was affected had no idea what was going on.
'The house started rumbling and then we heard a crash,' Teri Debaylo - whose husband was sleeping in their bedroom at the time - told The Miami Herald. 'I thought the house was coming down.'
Law - Enforcement - Vasquez-Perez - Passenger - Pair
Law enforcement quickly caught Vasquez-Perez's passenger as the pair fled the scene but the driver tried to hide by breaking into a property.
Williams' daughter lives next door and alerted her father - who served in the United States Air Force for four-and-a-half years - to the intruder with a phone call.
Palmetto - Police - Chief - Scott - Tyler
Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler said the suspect was trying to enter the house when he was injured.
'We think he was trying to merely hide from the police but the fact of the matter is he...
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