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JACKSONVILLE, 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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"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.

Glad to see people taking a stand against punks like this.
 

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But they were nice kids trying to turn their lives around before this ruthless nut-job fantasy Rambo gun owner took their innocent lives.

:roll:
 

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I believe people are starting to agree with wanting to protect themselves more now. At least I am becoming more aware of the opinions out there. Most people I have been talking to that were anti- are now more on the fence and slowly coming around to the fact, self preservation is their responsibility and they are willing to accept that.
 

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That guy was totally right to protect himself and his family cause I 'd do the same thing,If you're gonna invade my home than be prepared to pay the consequences.I think if more people were aware of their right to legally carry a sidearm then that would make criminals think before they do stuff like that.Say if this guy walks into a gas station to rob it but finds that 3 other customers in there are carrying I'd think he'd change his mind in fear of himself getting shot.
 

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Should have shot to kill, saves tax dollars....and it is unlikely anything from the robbers side of the story will help you.
 

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What ever happened to being quiet after a shoot...good or not? I sure as hell would not speak to reporters as they have been known for twisting words, etc.

"But armed with outrage and a 9mm Smith and Wesson..."


"I was the first person to shoot. I guarantee that"

Just something to think about guys. And thank you, Johnny!!!
 

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Yes, I wouldn't say anything to reporters. Your side should always be things like, "I felt my life was in danger", "I was protecting myself/family", etc.

Not a good idea to say "I shot first", or other things like "I was protecting my property"

Oh.. :ianal: ...just things I've picked up either from articles, LEO, and my CCW class in FL.
 

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I agree with the above sentiments. Good for him that he shot and shot first. Bad mojo though to talk about it. He should have stuck to: "I was in fear for my life and the lives of my family" or "I never wanted to have to use this firearm, but as you can see they were armed" ..while inwardly saying to himself "damn it, two to the chest one to the head, how the hell could I have messed that up?"
 

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ptsmith24 said:
Detectives think the suspects could have meant to target a different home but got the address wrong.
:sly: So I guess cops aren't the only ones who do that?
What about this?

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.
:sly: So I guess cops aren't the only ones who do that? Too?
 

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He needs to keep quiet after the event.

Remember the Miranda warning. I wholeheartedly believe that the phrase "will be used AGAINSTyou" is the full intent of most DA's when a gun is involved.

When the cops ask, "I told him to put his hands where I could see him, at which time he made a move for his waistband and I fired."

If you're worth your weight and are able to drop the intruder he can't give the cops a different version of events.
 

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.... Go! Go Johnny go go go...... :D

I agree that he should have been a bit more reserved when it came to his comments.

But atleast Florida is a "stand your ground" state. :wink:
 

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He needs to keep quiet after the event.

Remember the Miranda warning. I wholeheartedly believe that the term "will be used AGAINSTyou" is the full intent of most DA's when a gun is involved.

When the cops ask, "I told him to put his hands where I could see him, at which time he made a move for his waistband and I fired."

If you're worth your weight and are able to drop the intruder he can't give the cops a different version of events.
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Personally, I think the best thing to say to the media in this situation is: "No Comment".
 

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He was probably interviewed by reporters when his adrenalin was still pumping 1000 gallons a minute. I'm not surprised by what he said. I would be ecstatic that I was alive and likely say some weird stuff as well. I talk too much as it is, I imagine right after that shoot you would probably feel like you just drank 30 cups of coffee! :shock:
 
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