Florida Man Shoots Ex-Girlfriend After Mistaking Her For An Intruder
A Florida man says he accidentally shot his ex-girlfriend after she broke into his house to collect her things following a break-up.
According to the Daily News, T.J. Schaus, a U.S. military Veteran, said he mistook his ex, who had recently moved out of his Mount Dora home, for a burglar when he opened fire on Thursday.
[su_center_ad]Authorities say the woman survived the shooting, and Schaus has not been charged.
“If I knew it was her I would have never grabbed the pistol,” he said.
The couple dated for about two a half years before they broke up and she moved out.
Before the unidentified woman returned on Thursday to pick up her things, she texted Schaus to tell him she would be there soon. But, he said he was sleeping and never got the message.
When she tried to open the locked door at around 12:30 p.m. he was still napping, he said.
She then began to beat down the door in order to get inside, he said.
When she went into his bedroom, Schaus woke up.
“I rolled out of bed, grabbed my pistol that was on my night stand, said, ‘Who the f— is in my house?'” he said.. “Didn’t get a reply so I shot her.”
When she screamed after being shot, he said he realized who it was.
He said he immediately rushed to her side to help.
“She was like, ‘I’m going to die. I’m going to die.’ I’m like, ‘You’re not going to die. Lay down, be still and breathe,'” Schaus said.
The woman was airlifted to a local hospital and underwent surgery. On Friday morning, she was listed in stable condition and spoke to authorities, Lake County Sgt. Jim Vachon said.
“I’m upset it happened. I never in 10 million years thought I’d have to shoot somebody else,” Schaus said.
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