Man accused of breaking into house meets armed homeowner intent on protecting wife, daughter. Oops.

Man accused of breaking into house meets armed homeowner intent on protecting wife, daughter. Oops.
Police said a Florida homeowner shot Christopher Mouassite last week after the homeowner discovered Mouassite with a flashlight on the second floor of his home after midnight. (Image source: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A Florida homeowner told police he was awakened in the middle of the night last week by flash of light — and then spotted a man on the second floor of his Lake Worth home holding a flashlight, WPTV-TV reported.

What did the homeowner do?

So the homeowner — wanting to “defend himself as well as his wife and daughter,” a deputy wrote in a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report — shot the suspected intruder, the station said.

When deputies arrived on scene, the homeowner was chasing the man behind the house, WPTV said, citing the sheriff’s office report.

How did the suspected intruder react to arresting deputies?

And when deputies arrested the man, he told them, “It’s all a mistake. I went into the wrong house,” a deputy wrote in the report, the station said.

Deputies later identified the man as Christopher Mouassite of suburban Boca Raton and accused him of breaking into the home around 12:15 a.m. May 10, WPTV reported.

What happened to Mouassite?

Mouassite — who was shot in his right arm — was taken to a hospital for treatment, the station said, adding that he later was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and is being held on $30,000 bond.

Court records show Mouassite was out on bond from a March arrest on drug-related charges, WPTV reported.

Well-founded fear

Deputies added in the report that the homeowner was in well-founded fear that Mouassite was in his home to commit a crime or hurt his family, the station said.

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