Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder

Winter Haven Police have made a positive identification of the intruder shot by a homeowner this morning on Lake Marianna Dr. in Winter Haven.

40 year old Mitchell G. Large (DOB 5-25-73, LNA: 2526 Hwy 92, Winter Haven) has been identified as the intruder who broke into the home.  Large was shot by the homeowner after a shot was fired in an attempt to scare him when he forced his way inside through French doors in the back of the home. After the initial shot, Large continued to charge at the homeowner, who feared for his life and the safety of his family. The homeowner fired at Large striking him in the torso at least one time. An autopsy is being currently being conducted by the Tenth District Medical Examiner.

Initial reports indicated three people were inside of the home at the time of the incident. A fourth person, 20 year-old Lilliana E. Pena, was also inside of the home, but was in another part of the house and did not witness the incident.

**ORIGINAL RELEASE**  On 4-7-14 at approximately 6:50 a.m., homeowners at 4219 Lake Marianna Dr. Winter Haven heard what sounded like someone entering the rear portion of the residence.  Homeowners 54 year-old Luis F. Pena, 53 year-old Bacenbina A. Pena and 27 year-old Luis A. Pena (DOB 6-13-86) were all in the residence and heard the noise.

Luis A. Pena went to investigate and found a male rattling the French doors leading off a back porch area.  The resident retrieved a firearm and fired a shot in an attempt to scare the reported intruder off. However, the intruder continued into the residence, undeterred by the shot. At this point, all three residents had armed themselves and were in the kitchen area of the home. Additional shots were fired with one hitting the reported intruder at least once. The total number of shots fired has not been confirmed at this time.

The reported intruder is described as possibly a 40 year old white male. At this time, Police are in the process of confirming his identity. Once positive identification is made and next of kin is notified, his name will be released.

This investigation is still ongoing and more updates will be released as they become available.


Mitchell Large
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