Sunday, March 15, 2015
Florida Homeowner Shoots and Kills Burglar Stealing Yard Tools
Local news reports
A burglary suspect was shot and killed Thursday morning at a home in northwest Miami-Dade.
According to Miami-Dade County police, Ernest Holdman tried to burglarize a home at Northwest 112th Street and 18th Avenue. Neighbors said Holdman, 31, climbed onto the roof of a trailer and tried stealing the homeowner’s yard tools.
Dennis Law, the 49-year-old homeowner, then shot Holdman, police say. He was dead when police arrived.
“He’s a good guy, you know,” said Lynn Eason, Holdman’s sister. “He never really hurt nobody or went out of his way to be mean or nasty to anybody. Maybe he did get caught in the wrong situation, but I think it could have been handled differently, better than that.”
“He wasn’t armed. I mean, lawn equipment?” said Melissa Jones, a friend of Holdman. “It doesn’t make no sense to kill somebody for a weedwacker that cost $110. C’mon. That’s somebody life.”