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Two homeowners in same Florida city engage in shootouts with intruders on consecutive days; one suspect charged with attempted murder, another is shot dead

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Two homeowners in the same Florida panhandle city engaged in shootouts with intruders on consecutive days over the weekend, resulting in one suspect charged with attempted murder and another shot dead.

The shootouts took place in Quincy, a city populated by just under 8,000 residents at last count and located about 30 minutes northwest of Tallahassee.

Shootout #1

Quincy Police said the victim was walking his dog outside his home on East Franklin Street just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday when he noticed a nearby male walking slowly, WCTV-TV reported.

When the victim was walking on a different street, he noticed the same male walking behind him for approximately half a block, the station added. When the victim turned and went down another street, he noticed the male wasn't behind him any more, WCTV said.

But when the victim came back home, he noticed his door was locked, signaling something might be wrong, since he didn't lock the door, the station said.

The victim entered his home using a spare key, and his wife told him she also hadn't locked the door, police told WCTV.

At this point the victim knew someone else was inside the home, and he grabbed a firearm, the station said.

Police said the victim began walking toward a room in the rear of the home, and the victim was shot in the shoulder, WCTV said.

But the victim returned fire, which led to an exchange of gunfire, and the intruder took off from the home as the victim told his wife to call 911, the station said.

Police later arrested the intruder — identified as Colin Relford — who had been shot four times, WCTV said.

Both the victim and Relford were treated and released from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, the station said, after which Relford was taken to Gadsden County Jail on charges of attempted felony murder, home invasion robbery, and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Shootout #2

The Gadsden County sheriff's office said "two known armed suspects" tried to enter an occupied home in the 2400 block of Havana Highway in Quincy around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The scene of the previous day's armed home invasion on East Franklin Street is about five minutes west of the Havana Highway residence.

The sheriff's office said the homeowner and the suspects exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects — 19-year-old DeMario McCall — was found dead when deputies arrived on scene, the paper said, adding that the second suspect escaped on foot and was at large.

Sheriff's Lt. Anglie Holmes told the Democrat that there may be other suspects involved in the shooting, but she couldn't say if any have been identified.

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