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Fatal Wound: Armed Florida Homeowner Exchanges Gunshots With Robbery Suspects

At the scene, one dead, one fled.

Police are looking for a second  suspect after an attempted home invasion robbery in an Orlando suburb erupted into a barrage of gunfire, leaving another suspect dead at the scene.

The Orlando sentinel reports that two men entered a residence at 149 E. 18tStreet, and one  suffered a fatal wound during an exchange of gunfire. The other suspect remains on the run, according to deputies.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the female homeowner who fired back at the home invasion crew is at Orlando Regional Medical Center where she is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

Multiple shots were fired inside the woman's residence, and investigators also think at least one person arrived at the scene of the incident before law enforcement officers and fired additional rounds.

Police did not identify anyone involved in the incident.

Florida has among the strongest protections in the country for armed homeowners to defend their residence against intrusion and attack. Officially called The Protection of Persons/Use of Force Bill, but more widely known as the "Stand Your Ground" Law, states that:

"Authorizes person to use force, including deadly force, against intruder or attacker in dwelling, residence, or vehicle under specified circumstances; provides that person is justified in using deadly force under certain circumstances; provides immunity from criminal prosecution or civil action for using deadly force; defines term "criminal prosecution."

The law has been in effect since 2005, and has brought a number of self-defense cases to national prominence.

Currently, 31 states have a "Castle Doctrine" law on the books, which requires no attempt to retreat from an unlawful entry into the home before using deadly force. Florida has a "Stand Your Ground" law, which means that a person does not have the legal duty to attempt retreat in any context (including the home) before using deadly force.

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