http://savannahnow.com/node/323721JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Don't be a hero, Johnny Johnson's mom begged her 28-year-old son in a phone call as gunfire exploded in the background.
"Stay low and don't hang up the telephone," Jo Ann Christopher said while at least one robber was inside their Jacksonville home with him.
But armed with outrage and a 9mm Smith and Wesson, her 6-foot-5, 260-pound son didn't wait to see what the people who kicked in his family's front door Wednesday morning wanted.
"I was the first person to shoot. I guarantee that," Johnson said.
Surprising one of the intruders in a hallway, he squeezed the trigger as he tried to understand: "Why are these guys in my house" and "which one of these guys is shooting at me?"
After the gunfire exchange, the intruders fled, one while suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe Jonathan River Comas, 24, of Jacksonville was the intruder who was shot. They said Comas was at Shands Jacksonville hospital in critical condition.
Homicide Sgt. Derrick Lewis said police aren't yet sure if Johnson's gunshots hit Comas or if bullets from another suspect, identified as Donovan Portez Thomas, 21, of St. Augustine, got him in the crossfire. Police said the intruders were armed and believe one fired into the house from outside.
Thomas and Sandra Jean Flood, 27, of Jacksonville have been charged with home invasion robbery. Police said Flood acted as the getaway car driver.
Police said Thomas and Flood dropped off Comas at the hospital and tried to leave while pretending not to know him.
Detectives think the suspects could have meant to target a different home but got the address wrong.
Crime scene tape looped around the tan, one-story residence near the Trout River for most of Wednesday. Bullet holes pocked the walls and blood spatter stained the floor of the house Christopher said she bought late last year.
Still stuck in the front lawn was a placard from the alarm company whose security system blared a warning and alerted the Sheriff's Office when the intruders burst in the front door and woke up Johnson about 9 a.m.
He works as a landscaper but took college courses in criminal justice and has thought about becoming a federal marshal.
"I'm in the right. Because it's either me or them," he said while waiting for police to let his family back in their home. "... You got a right to protect yourself in Florida."
And while Johnson gave his mother a scare, when it was over, police agreed.
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