Walnut Hill Homeowner Shoots Burglar

May 18, 2013

A burglar was shot by a homeowner Friday afternoon in Walnut Hill.

About 4 p.m., the resident of the 3900 block of Rockaway Creek Road reported a burglary in progress at his home. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said he arrived home to find two intruders inside of the residence.

The homeowner held the suspects at gunpoint while he called the Sheriff’s Office. As he was speaking with dispatchers, one of the suspects, identified at 33-year old Ricky Dewayne Taylor, lunged toward him. The homeowner fired a .38 caliber revolver, striking Taylor in the leg. Taylor  was alert and conscious when he was transferred to LifeFlight to be airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. His injuries did not appear life threatening.

The female suspect, identified as 35-year old Teresa Dianne Sunday,  received a minor injury on her face from a ricochet; she was taken into custody at the scene by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor and Sunday were charged with burglary of a residence and grand theft of a dwelling. Sunday was being held with bond set at $12,500 Saturday night in the Escambia County Jail, while Taylor remained hospitalized.

The homeowner was not injured, and no charges have been filed against him.

Pictured top: Burglary suspect Ricky Taylor, shot in the leg, is loaded into an ambulance on Rockaway Creek Road Friday afternoon. Pictured inset and bottom:  Taylor  is transferred to LifeFlight. Pictured below: The scene of an alleged burglary that ended with the suspect being shot Friday afternoon in Walnut Hill. NorthEscambia.com exclusive photos, click to enlarge.


80 Responses to “Walnut Hill Homeowner Shoots Burglar”

  1. A man's homr on May 22nd, 2013 5:02 am

    Re: Cream
    The victim is the one with the bullet wound? Really? Actually, that’s not exactly true. The homeowner is the victim! I grew up with my whole family being in Law Enforcement. Walking into another man’s home, especially when he/she isn’t home is not something we were “taught” NOT to do, it is something we all just KNEW better than to do. We were taught “locks don’t keep theives out, they let honest people know your not home.” And believe me, my family believed in SYG long before Fl passed the law.

  2. Bcream on May 21st, 2013 4:51 pm

    Think b4 u speak. this is a one sided story. the victim is the guy with the bullet in his knee. we r none perfect god is the true judge, hypocrice and passing judgement on others are sins and the lord will judge u. thats far worse than a court

  3. missymom on May 21st, 2013 12:13 pm

    You want something, you WORK for it, don’t care who you are. Proud member of the NRA.

  4. joe schmo on May 21st, 2013 12:03 pm

    Times are too tough to waste a valuable bullet for a leg shot.. center mass is right, who ever said that

  5. JuJu on May 21st, 2013 10:23 am

    Teach you to break into someones home, now won’t it. Good for home owner, protect what it yours at any expense.

  6. wesley on May 20th, 2013 5:03 pm

    To bad the owner didn’t get a few more shots in.They got what they deserve.Maybe next time maybe they will win the grand prize…Six foot under….

  7. Darko Sladovic on May 20th, 2013 2:09 pm

    To the friends and family the of the perps who are in jail for BURGLARY: if you don’t want to be offended, turn your computer off; I am offended that YOUR friend or family memeber thought it necessary to break and enter into a house that was not theirs; I am offended you’re up her being offended; this would not be happening if YOUR friend or family got arrested for BURGLARY; TOUGH if you do not like what people say; they’d say much worse if it was not being moderated; you’re welcome!

  8. ls on May 20th, 2013 11:59 am

    they got wat they deserved they should be put in jail for a whil.

  9. Jess on May 20th, 2013 8:48 am

    I went to school with Teresa. She was a great person & her parents were wonderful loving people. They raised their kids in a loving home. She has 4 kids now that her mom helps raise. Sometimes good people make bad mistakes. She was doing better & sometimes all it takes is 1 person to bring you back down. Teresa has a great heart and I am unsure what she was thinking. I am sure it is more to this story because she lives on or near this road it happened at.

  10. Lifendason on May 20th, 2013 8:35 am

    BZ homeowner for protecting what is yours. 2nd Amendment used properly.

  11. Castle Doctrine on May 20th, 2013 6:08 am

    Because the burglar isn’t dead and got shot by the home owner, watch in a few months the home owner will get sued by the burglar for getting shot. I’ve seen it happen… and the burglar win. So in the end he will get your money even though he failed the first time getting your possessions.

    That is actually incorrect. The Castle Doctrine (Not “Stand Your Ground”) protects homeowners from liability in situations like this. Not too long ago your statement would have been correct – dirtbags suing homeowners for injury while committing a crime at victims’ residence and winning suits! No longer the case.

  12. worried on May 19th, 2013 3:25 pm

    can’t reseit! What were they (robbers) thinking of. People in the country have guns for a reason. and its not to say “hey I own a gun” “isn’t it pretty”. We live in the country and protect what we own. I am not going to shoot in the leg in the military they show to shoot center mass, growing up in the country we are taught to kill it. Just the way I feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. me on May 19th, 2013 1:48 pm

    Its not right for anyone to talk about someones family. Yeah, that woman has made a few mistakes in her past, But that does not mean that her children are going to follow in her foot steps. Her whole family isnt like her im sure! I know her kids and they are not bad at all. People should be ashamed that they say things like this about other people.

  14. rosa on May 19th, 2013 1:44 pm


  15. colten16 on May 19th, 2013 12:41 pm

    how dare u people talk about my mom & cousin like this i mean i agree that the homeowner should have shot him thats common sense but when u go talkin bout someones family its not right yall are the reason why the world is in the shape it is dont try and blame it on others that are just makin dumb mistakes. Anyway look our household isnt trouble my grandma and my siblings are nice and good people come by our house and see yourself

  16. Pilgrim on May 19th, 2013 11:56 am

    to bob hudsen,
    yes your in the country, and there is a lot of target practicing, but remember with guns and practicing there comes responsibility. I had a neighbor who was shooting into a pond and when I told him the bullets were richocetting towards my house his said bullets don’t richocet off water. make sure you have a good back stop and are safe with your shooting. use NRA safety rules

  17. Phil Rains on May 18th, 2013 11:03 pm

    WAY TO GO Mr.Homeowner… Help get them off the streets. Thank YOU.

  18. D on May 18th, 2013 9:05 pm

    This incident is a one way story. A residence was burglarized and the owner took action to protect his life, family and property. This is not a place for LIBERALS to find pity for the wicked minded…

  19. Wharf Rat on May 18th, 2013 9:05 pm

    Ammunition is getting too rare, and too expensive, for warning shots. Center mass!

  20. doofus on May 18th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Lawsuit, shmawsuit. The homeowner was in danger, and he diffused the danger the right way. No one died and friends, that’s what matters. The burglars might come out of this with a new lease on life.. a wake up call if you will.

  21. SW on May 18th, 2013 8:31 pm


    Sadly, you may be right.

    However, those who would approach my home with such ideas may be considered trespassers or thieves and could be dealt with as such.

    Idea for sign: If you can read this…you are in range.

  22. kevin smith on May 18th, 2013 7:27 pm

    florid stand your ground law should protect him from any legal action, by the state, or the potential burglar.

    more and more, crime is moving north to the country, everyone be careful, keep back,front doors locked, and yours gun in easy reach if no children are around. and children should be taught strict gun safety from a young age..and not to touch them under the fear of DAD…

  23. Sam Jones on May 18th, 2013 7:01 pm

    Dear Mr. Home Owner, Please aim center mass and shoot to kill. ALWAYS.

    Thank you,

    The Taxpayer that has to support these losers with food, shelter and clothing.

    PS: Congrats on keeping a firearm handy!

  24. wesley on May 18th, 2013 4:50 pm

    Response back to Fred..Iam not saying giving them hard labor..This is every day jobs for some people….that are making a living for them selves. What about the victims that are affected,because of there stupidity. Jails are over crowed because laws protect the criminals more than the victims. If they had to get out and work while they was in jail,when they get out they would do everything they can not to go back in. That’s way you have so many repeat offenders….its free room and board for them ….and most of all ! Its free…I get up every day and work ….They are no better than me….

  25. Bob Hudsun on May 18th, 2013 4:19 pm

    Glad the home owner is safe, he did the right thing. now as far as his aim goes, that totally depends on how mad you make me while you have broken in to my home and now you lunge at me, to do me more harm, would not have blamed him if he had kill the dude, And I agree, life fight should have not be called out. And on another note, as Concerned Neighbor mention, when the Jerks from the city move out in to the country, they take on the roles of social enforcer’s, and they do call the law,but you are still going to shoot your guns, and they are going to complain, now, when they do that , you shoot more often, louder, and longer, tell them to kiss your hiny, and blast away, Make sure you tell them to go back from where ever they are from, because, this is how we do it in the south, and in the panhandle. Good practice makes for good aim.

  26. chris1 on May 18th, 2013 3:30 pm

    In other words if you don’t act/shoot like your life is in grave danger,
    shooting to wound ,opens up to a lawsuit.

  27. chris1 on May 18th, 2013 3:29 pm

    Use hollow-points and 2 shots to body mass.
    Depending on the statement by the homeowner , some lawyer could come after the homeowner.

  28. fred on May 18th, 2013 2:09 pm

    I heartily agree with you, and another benefit is that hopefully the inmates would be too tired to get into trouble and share criminal scheme ideas while in jail. BUT, the ACLU thinks that hard labor is cruel and unusual punishment – I kinda doubt those guys ever had anything like this happen to them, or they wouldn’t feel so sorry for the bad guys.

  29. Concerned Neighbor on May 18th, 2013 1:04 pm

    Wise up people! They call people in North Escambia, Rednecks for a reason. I know someone that moved from Pensacola to Molino and gave her neighbor a hard time for shooting his gun. She called the police on him. The officer told her Mam ,you are going to have to get use to it. Everyone out here owns a gun. The young man lived next to his parents, brother, uncle and both grandparents.Our whole family lives in Barrineau Park. She never let off of him . Rather than have trouble he sold his place and moved his family closer to town. Fine young man that was raised in the country. Of all people that I would want to be my neighbor ,he would be one. I want a gun with the little red light on it so the dude will know where the bullet in going to hit and where he will be hurting and it will not be above the waist. You can replace things but not your love ones.

  30. to the family of the crook on May 18th, 2013 12:40 pm

    please know that most people do not think the family of the crook is bad. just because your daughter chose a life of crime doesn’t reflect on you at this time. once a child is grown, they make their own choices. somehow i feel if the mom/grandmom hadn’t been there, the children could have been dragged around with them. so good for grandma for being there for the kids!

  31. glad it worked out on May 18th, 2013 12:36 pm

    Well, I for one am happy about the man with the gun. Maybe it will show some of these crooks they better be careful. If more people did this, or let it be known they will, it would deter some of these crooks. So many will “spot and steal” later, so you have to be careful of friends who bring people you don’t know to your home. I don’t let anyone but family and a few very close friends into my home. My place was broken into a year ago. They took all kinds of stuff including some things that didn’t even belong to me, but was my son’s friend’s guitar handed down to him by his uncle who died. Now that can never be replaced. We called the sheriff because they left some of the property in the yard. They didn’t even fingerprint the stuff. I feel if they had, they would have caught them. Now, I have a gun, camera’s set up all over, and will protect what ever I have that I have worked so hard for. So, to the homeowner…congratulations for doing the right thing!

  32. as for me on May 18th, 2013 12:29 pm

    I have a gun and the license to carry. I am putting a sign on my property


  33. Alice Flowers on May 18th, 2013 11:53 am

    Probably looking for drugs/money or something to sell to get drug money. Sad that ppl. get addicted & it seems there is no way out. That is no excuse however & if you commit a crime you should have to pay the consequences. What’s more sad is that the family of the addicted person(s) suffers too. Thankful the homeowner was able to protect his home & family & they were not hurt. Prayers for the victims as well as the criminals. Drugs are an awful vice where no one wins. If you or someone you know is addicted please have them contact the Waterfront Mission……they have a wonderful program. They do not play around though. The person has to be willing to do just as the program requires. They also need to have an advocate as well as that advocate or someone needs to be in charge of them completely. So if they are not willing to give control over to someone to make all decisions for them, then they might as well not waste their time applying.

  34. wesley on May 18th, 2013 9:53 am

    I think if you go to jail,you should spent time working your sentence doing community work. Put them working in that area,painting,cutting grass,picking up trash,sweeping sidewalks,pulling up weeds….do this and repeat offenders ,will stop…and they will contribute something in there community ,instead of criminal activities….Give this one year trial….and you will see jail over crowding no problem.,ever again…just saying setting in jail we are paying for there up keep,lets get something good….from it????

  35. Tina Powell on May 18th, 2013 9:50 am


  36. mnon on May 18th, 2013 9:46 am

    Because the burglar isn’t dead and got shot by the home owner, watch in a few months the home owner will get sued by the burglar for getting shot. I’ve seen it happen… and the burglar win. So in the end he will get your money even though he failed the first time getting your possessions.

  37. Monica on May 18th, 2013 8:49 am

    To unknown….. “he will give you the shirt off his back” but steal from someone else for another one. Instead of getting a job…or he my have a job…he needs another and quick stealing from the working ppl.

  38. Steohanie on May 18th, 2013 8:24 am

    Everyone in the Sunday house is not bad!! Mrs peggy Sunday & her four grandchildren are good people!!! Can not help their mothers actions.

  39. DoubleDip on May 18th, 2013 8:07 am

    Like the sign on my driveway says
    ‘ Warning Trespassers Will Be Shot, Survivors Will Be Shot Again’

    So Come Get You Some, I Await With Loaded Guns

  40. Neighbor on May 18th, 2013 7:40 am

    they are lucky that it was not my house that they chose to break into. His and her name would be in the obituary today!

  41. Deborah Anderson on May 18th, 2013 7:38 am

    I hate the homeowner had to be put in the position to shoot someone, but he made the right decision. We are all tired of being afraid to wave or smile or frown without someone thinking it means some else. Lets go back to the basics. If you smile it means your happy. Bad is not good, its bad, and if you do bad things you may be shot. I am in the country and I own a gun. I will also use it, so don’t put me in that position.

  42. kathy on May 18th, 2013 7:36 am

    This is what our world is coming to, If someone wants what you have they will make every atempt to get it , Thes p eople need to get a job and stop robbing homeowners. I truely believe every home owner needs a gun to protect what they have , and there homes.That will give people a second thought about breaking in on others.I think these two got off lucky Because they could have been killed, I believe there is a law that if you feel your life is in danger, you can shoot to kill on your property.

  43. dee from the b.p. on May 18th, 2013 6:58 am

    in response to SW
    “are we going to have to have the pistol, rifle. or shotgun handy when we mow the lawn, wash the car, or cook supper, etc.?”

    ~no because if certain people have their way, we wont be aloowed ti have those guns to protect ourseles and our families! i know theresa, see her everyday. she has been helped so many times, given so many chances, let her momma raise her kids. its time to grow up, chick. i knew they were up to no good riding around together. i pray for her kids and family, mayber they can come outta this without any permenant scarring because fo theresa’s lack of give a darn!

  44. Linda on May 18th, 2013 5:47 am

    WAY TO GO! If you watch my house and choice to enter. ” BEWARE ” you enter at your own risk! Let this be a warning! You will be met by a barrel of a GUN! This is my right to protect, defend, and keep safe my Family and my Home…….. GOD, GUNS, and COURNTY!

  45. unknown on May 18th, 2013 5:27 am

    The man aint a bad person jus goin the wrong way in life agine i know the. Man. Jus because u make a mistake an do something dont make i a bad person everyone messes up but maybe he will learn his lesson i pray he did as i say ricky is not a bad person hea very sweet wouls give u the shirt off his back .

  46. Just Me on May 18th, 2013 5:23 am

    Oh, Ricky, Ricky, Ricky……WHEN will you ever learn?

    I will not comment further because his daughter may read this.

  47. charlie on May 18th, 2013 5:19 am

    If the crooks were trying to steal bullets, well I guess they susceeded. Sorry the homeowner lost a perfectly good bullet! LOL

  48. Rod Pumas on May 18th, 2013 5:03 am

    I agree with Nudo, Life Flight should not have been called to transport this criminal to the hospital. A ride in the back of a Sheriff’s cruiser would have been adequate. Save the ambulance and Life Flight for law abiding folks. Carry on Citizens!

  49. CD on May 18th, 2013 1:32 am

    Mark up another one for the good guys! Keep it up, citizens! Thugs, some of us are mad as hell and we ain’t gonna take it no more.

  50. flash on May 18th, 2013 1:13 am

    Just thinking these two people really need to b prayed for an need gods help an most of all their children need prayers…the kids don’t ask for this an yet they suffer the most…its so sad to personally watch a child hurt so bad because of the parents actions….an I thank god the home owner an his family are ok

  51. Donnie on May 17th, 2013 11:42 pm

    Wow somethings never change, hey man nice shot :) bet they won’t be breaking into your house again LOL! WAY TO GO!

  52. Nudo on May 17th, 2013 11:21 pm

    Good job….life flight should not have been used.

  53. someoneright up the road on May 17th, 2013 11:12 pm

    OMG, this crazy lady lives right up the road from me……..Well she better think twice about trying to break up in my home… she will get the same thing as he did……wow, just about everyone that lives at that house is trouble…..

  54. ashley on May 17th, 2013 10:49 pm

    I hope Ms. Sunday will do the time for her crime in Fl. because she didn’t do any time for crmies in Atmore or Brewton AL.. It’s always a slap on wrist and back to doing crimes she goes..Maybe this will teach her something..GOOD FOR YOU HOMEOWNER…

  55. SW on May 17th, 2013 10:35 pm

    Kudos to this homeowner.

    Have we reached the point where we must be armed as we go about our daily chores around the house?

    Are we going to have to have the pistol, shotgun or rifle handy when we mow, wash the car, or cook supper, etc?

    Are we going to have to build fences, close gates, or post signs?

    Wondering about safe country living for good folks.

  56. Sharon Waldron on May 17th, 2013 10:24 pm

    Sad his aim was better, to rob someone is pathetic a person that worked earned every penny they have, courts just slap on wrist and stuck them right back in the streets! Nice job of protecting what is yours!

  57. Gwen Enfinger Matheny on May 17th, 2013 10:14 pm

    Way to go home owner!

  58. Donny Borden on May 17th, 2013 10:11 pm

    Good For You !! This Is The Way It Needs To Be Make The Next One Think About It Before They Do It … Cause Me Myself Will Not Do A Leg Shot .. I May Not Have A lot But What I Have I Work For And Will Not Let Some Lazy Trash Take It .. I Think All Home Owners Should Have A Gun And Use It .. Put A Stop To Them !!

  59. RANDON on May 17th, 2013 10:07 pm

    Proud to say I have lived in this neighborhood since childhood and where I now raise 5 children of my own. We do not tolerate theft! Ms. Sunday actually broke into another house i own in Atmore a few years ago, perhaps now she’ll learn!

  60. Holly on May 17th, 2013 9:48 pm

    Also to the burglars the rest of are family are gun owners too and we’re not nice enough to ask you sit down. We’ll shoot first.

  61. Holly on May 17th, 2013 9:46 pm

    I’m posting this for the home owners grand daughter. That little bit of change won’t buy y’all a good lawyer.

  62. PAUL THOMPSON on May 17th, 2013 9:31 pm

    I believe it is going to get way worse, people better get a gun if they don’t have one. We are in a world where people have no respect for a locked door, My dad told me a locked door is for a honest man. I think the homeowner was is full right to protect their lives and their property. I expect to keep from getting caught the burglars would have done these people bodily harm. This world has 2 good things, God and Guns….

  63. WOODY DAW on May 17th, 2013 8:38 pm

    Folks add your name to your comments if you truly are a proud gun owner. Let the politicians know who you are and we are not afraid to excercise our rights of owning guns. This is the one of the main reasons everyone should own a gun. GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE STUPID PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE. I TIP MY HAT TO THESE FOLKS FOR PROTECTING THEIR FAMILY AND THERE PROPERTY. IM NOT AFRAID TO EXERCISE MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR MY SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT. GLAD THE FAMILY WAS SAFE. YOURS TRULY WOODY DAW

  64. me on May 17th, 2013 8:33 pm

    2nd ammendment used well. We are still good ole boys out here, help us wr help you, cross us we proect us.

  65. Chris on May 17th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Way to go pawpaw!

  66. Chad on May 17th, 2013 8:15 pm

    Glad the homeowner was able to protect himself and his property from these pieces of trash, I know the homeowner very well and am surprised that the body removal team didn’t have to get busy. Way to go homeowner !!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Vickie on May 17th, 2013 8:12 pm

    We should all post signs BEWARE OF GUN! or suffer the conseqences

  68. Armymajorswife on May 17th, 2013 6:32 pm

    Yeah!!! So happy this homeowner was a gun owner! Love it!

  69. Just Me on May 17th, 2013 6:29 pm

    To bad this TRASH wasn’t shot dead!!! Tired of ALL of the TRASH just thinking they are so entitled to do what ever they want!!!! Come to my home and I will take action!!!

  70. hawghead on May 17th, 2013 6:22 pm

    It takes an idiot to try and break in a home out in the country……well here’s your sign…

  71. bd on May 17th, 2013 6:18 pm

    Nice job to the homeowner of protecting what you have worked for. Too bad the loser didn’t suffer a little more before EMS got there. If he could have bled a little longer we wouldn’t have to pay his medical bills!!

  72. Kay Campbell on May 17th, 2013 6:10 pm

    Proud of the homeowner….if more people would react like this there would be less breakins!! They will get the same thing at my house…..but not the life flight ride , it won’t be necessary!!

  73. becky on May 17th, 2013 6:07 pm

    What a stupid thing to do, try to rob a home in Walnut Hill where everyone has a gun and knows how to use it!

  74. Lainey on May 17th, 2013 5:55 pm

    Wow! What is wrong with people? I live right up the road and this terrifies me! I hope they release the name and picture of who these people are.

  75. The Doer on May 17th, 2013 5:55 pm

    This is what the Second Amendment is all about.

  76. Just ME on May 17th, 2013 5:51 pm

    Well, GOOD!!
    Congratulations to the HOMEOWNER!!!
    Granny ~ Gramps…..get yur’ gun!

  77. Tom on May 17th, 2013 5:50 pm

    I guess the tax payers will have to pay for the medical bills associated with Bonnie and Clyde. Starting with the $10k+ flight to Pensacola. Not saying the home owner should have killed, but hopefully the court will include the cost of the medical attention into their jail time and fines.

  78. robert ledkins on May 17th, 2013 5:48 pm

    Good Job Mr Homeowner Keep Up The Good Work…..Cowboy……

  79. just saying on May 17th, 2013 5:48 pm

    WAY TO GO HOMEOWNER!!!!!! I’m so tired of reading stories where people get robbed. To all the theives out there, take note! More people need to do this so the other lazy good for nothing theives will learn a lesson!

    Homeowner — If I knew who you were I would personally shake your hand!

  80. another reader on May 17th, 2013 5:46 pm

    Serves em right.