Elderly Florida Woman Shoots Alleged Home Intruder in Self-Defense: ‘I knew I was going to protect myself’

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 24, 2022 Updated 3:23 PM ET

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May 24, 2022 Updated 3:06 P.M. ET

ORLANDO (FLV) – A 70-year-old Orlando woman shot a suspected home intruder who allegedly would not leave her house even after a warning shot was fired, FOX 35 News reported. The man died at the hospital.

Virginia Morrison tells the outlet Monday that she hit the man with a broom, but the intruder swatted it away while Morrison’s partner went to get his gun. Her partner fired a warning shot, but the man reportedly did not leave.

“He stepped in, and I turned around, and I said ‘who the hell are you? What do you want?’ Nothing. This guy never said a word the whole time he was here,” Morrison said to the news outlet.

Morrison said she then retrieved her gun and fired a warning shot. 

“He started coming toward me and I fired a shot above him. ‘Back off dude!’” Morrison said, “and he just kept coming toward me. So I just lowered my gun and shot him.”

“I didn’t realize I hit him but once I looked, he had a hole in his t-shirt and I thought I got him,” she told the news outlet.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies identified the alleged intruder as 38-year-old Ezequiel Rosario-Torres. 

“I didn’t know what he was going to do, but I knew I was going to protect myself. I’m a fighter. I’m going to defend myself,” Morrison said. 

The news outlet reports that the case will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office. They will determine whether charges should be filed. 

“I have feelings. I have God in my life. That’s my main thing, wondering if God’s going to forgive me for taking a life. It bothers me,” Morrison said.

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