ECSO: No Charges Will Be Filed In Stand Your Ground Shooting (With Video)

May 5, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says charges won’t be filed against the person that shot and killed an intruder inside an Ensley home Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 8400-block of James Taylor Lane in reference to a disturbance complaint where someone had been shot.

Once on scene, deputies found a 54-year old male deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The residents inside the home told investigators the man kicked in the front door, once inside he armed himself with a knife, yelling he was there to harm his children’s mother.

Still armed with a knife, he went room to room searching and threatening the occupants who had retreated to a bedroom in the rear of the house. He then confronted a female in the rear bedroom, who, fearing for her life, shot the man twice, according to the ECSO.

Video from outside the home is below. It contains extremely graphic language and violence. It may be disturbing to some readers.

At the time of the incident, the suspect, had an active domestic violence injunction filed on him.  Investigators said he was also reportedly on his way to anger management treatment when the incident took place.

“Florida State Statute allows people to take reasonable steps to protect themselves from harm. You can see from the video; his demeanor and intent were clear,” Sheriff Chip Simmons said. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will defend a person’s right to reasonably protect themselves against harm, even with the use of deadly force. We do not intend to bring charges against the occupant of the home.”

No names have been released in the incident.


49 Responses to “ECSO: No Charges Will Be Filed In Stand Your Ground Shooting (With Video)”

  1. Robin on May 14th, 2021 4:21 pm

    She did what she had to do yo protect her family and it’s good that she had the camera up to show how outraged he was it was either him or her and no telling what he would have done to her if he had gotten a hold of her. I’m sorry the kids loss their Dad and I’m praying now that they will have a better life without the mom having to watch her back God bless them..

  2. Renee Brown on May 12th, 2021 1:43 pm

    A community organizer! A warning shot ? Y’all wouldn’t even do that so why propose some outlandish alternative when he was hunting her down with a knife ? People say anything in opposition of what’s in front of them .

  3. JW on May 11th, 2021 1:09 pm

    It is sad someone lost their life but he came to fight. He broke a restraining order to be there and was angry and threatening her. I personally know 2 women who were killed by the men who supposedly loved them. One was taken at gunpoint and shot in her own car while her sons drove around trying to find and save her. The other was stabbed to death in front of her kids. This woman did what she had to do to stay safe. She will have to live with this but he gave her no choice.

  4. Tim on May 9th, 2021 11:03 am

    Mari, you are exactly what is wrong with this world. Those countries that deny people their GOD-GIVEN RIGHT to self-defense are far from civilized. They are the countries where scum like this animal gets to hurt or abuse whoever they please. And a spray bottle?? Are you serious?? You know how easy it is to disarm someone of something like that? The perp also appears to be wearing glasses, so that would have shielded him somewhat, even if she landed some droplets. We are far better off without scum like that congesting our roads or walking around, or even worse – our money paying for full room and board. What this lady did was 100% justified, moral, and called-for. She deserves a medal.

  5. john on May 9th, 2021 9:38 am

    If someone is trying to kill you, your determination for survival must meet or exceed your opponents determination….if not…. your going into a body bag for sure! There have been cases where a knife attacker was pepper sprayed by their victim, and they still received the knife and died. In some cases before a domestic violence incident happens the two parties are well past any chance of reconciliation, and I would say that is the case here. Any of us could say should, could, would, but none of us were there. At the end of the day he broke many many laws before he was staring down the barrel of that gun, and I would say that is on him, and he has already been judged by God because of it.

  6. Mari on May 8th, 2021 9:32 pm

    Shooting the father of her children should have been her last resort. Did she call the police? Did she fire a warning shot into the ceiling? Did she try to shoot him in the leg? Most civilized countries do not condone violence, even violence in self defense. If there were no other options, then I am glad she is alive, but it is still a very sad situation.

  7. Trisha Dexter on May 8th, 2021 6:53 pm

    More battered women should do this and stop being victims. All women should have fire arms and all should be trained to use them effectively. For a woman, this is more empowering than just about anything.

  8. Jq on May 8th, 2021 12:32 pm

    I dont feel sorry for the man… Its not on the victim of violence to prevent the perpetrator from getting hurt.

  9. Carla Hernandez on May 8th, 2021 10:26 am

    If you haven’t witnessed a violent relationship first hand,you might want to refrain from commenting. I watched time after time my step father beat my Mom. The fact that ths man busted down the door shows he was enraged. He wasn’t there for a civil conversation. She has the right to protect herself Prayersforthis family!!.

  10. Ricky Rann on May 8th, 2021 8:31 am

    So many situations like this have a different conclusion – man stabs woman to death in front of children. You’ve read it countless times in the news. Which is worse ? The father being shot or the mother being stabbed ? Don’t kick in doors – don’t get shot !

    Also the bug spray would have just made him angry, that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day. This man obviously couldn’t handle being alive. Handcuffing him would have only led to another incident like this further down the road, which is exactly what this is now.

  11. steve on May 8th, 2021 3:28 am

    mari you still dont get it do you.

    HE WAS GOING TO KILL THAT GIRL.. It was a life or Death situation for HER.
    HE is 100% responsible for what happened.
    HE was warned by a judge not to come near her.
    Only he knew what was going to happen that day and it was not going to be good.

    No one wants to kill a person that at one time was loved by them. But things got so bad she had to have the law try and protect her.

    He got what was the only answer that day. Prison is full of people that kill, and most KNEW who they killed.

    So please stop with your nonsense about this.

    OR yeah she should have built a safe room and locked her self in it… Or learned to fly like superman and just flew off..

  12. Mari on May 7th, 2021 8:35 pm

    Why is Death, the final solution, always better than a Live Father? When she got pregnant with this man, he was worth something, had some value. Now he is shot dead. There is no hope, ever, for him again. Or for his kids.

  13. Mike Honcho on May 7th, 2021 3:24 pm

    Totally agree JTV

  14. David on May 7th, 2021 2:51 pm

    Lead poisoning …cause of death. For him, fit and proper

  15. JTV on May 7th, 2021 1:49 pm

    @Mari, I hope no one gets slaughtered listening to the moronic advice you just spewed here.

  16. Jervar Frost-Blood on May 7th, 2021 11:53 am

    @Mari, please provide some kind of evidence that any kind of spray would have been effective. Windex and bug sprays are not immediately irritating to the eyes or skin. Even many untrained civilians have successfully passed the military pepper spray obstacle course, which includes using a baton to attack an adversary after you’ve been sprayed directly in the face.

    Mari, You are absolutely wrong about using random sprays, and I invite you to respond to this comment with some intellectual evidence to back up your ideas.

    This is a perfect opportunity for you to reverse yourself and admit that you are wrong and spoke without the requisite knowledge or experience.

    -From a US Army combat vet who has been attached to both special operations teams in Afghanistan and military police units in Florida.

  17. Jervar Frost-Blood on May 7th, 2021 11:48 am

    If any public official, from the cops up to the DA, had any thoughts on possibly filing a charge of any sort, that person should be fired. There should not have been a single moment of contemplation of charges. SYG aside, there should never be a charge filed against a person who shoots a home invader, armed or unarmed.

  18. david baldwin on May 7th, 2021 10:49 am

    Game Over

  19. steve on May 7th, 2021 9:08 am

    mari….. I hope you was just joking. Did you miss this part right here “once inside he armed himself with a knife” and the video that showed him ENRAGED?

    Some bug spray aint gonna stop him.. It took 2 bullets to stop him..
    But yeah you just keep living in a movie world were shampoo in his eyes will bring him to a halt..

    Smith and wesson took care of the problem. Kids will learn there are SERIOUS consequences.

  20. Mari on May 7th, 2021 6:42 am

    Any kind of spray bottle under the sink, Windex, Cleaning fluid, Bug Spray, when sprayed in his eyes, would have disarmed that man. The police could have been there in minutes to handcuff him. He could be alive to go to work and provide child support for years for her children. The kids would not have had the trauma of seeing their father killed, knowing they carry the genes of an angry dead man.

  21. John Middleton on May 7th, 2021 1:41 am

    Well he wanted to play, invited her to play, she didn’t miss. Play stupid games , win stupid prizes. That 2.00 bullet saved her life and the taxpayers about 300,000 dollars in public atty fees and trials and housing….Hey babe, Nice Shot!!!

  22. J.Larry Seale on May 6th, 2021 6:01 pm

    Good shot

  23. Shan on May 6th, 2021 5:19 pm


  24. David Huie Green on May 6th, 2021 10:56 am

    In a lawful state, weapons are not needed (or so they believe, it has never been fully tested due to lack of opportunity to catch this elusive critter).

    Note: relatively lawful states may quickly revert back to the more natural order of lawlessness

    In a lawless state, it is better to be better prepared, armed, and trained than the lawless.

    David for better people
    (and preparation in the meantime)

  25. Hillbilly on May 6th, 2021 10:54 am

    Nope, sorry but don’t play times over with.

  26. Howie on May 6th, 2021 9:47 am

    Apparently he got angry because the lady put a restraining order on him.

    You break into someone’s home restraining order or not, you take the risk of being killed. Good for her for having a gun and knowing how to use it. It’s bad that her children had to witness this situation.

    Glad she had the “ring” doorbell system. They do work and get the wifi unit so you can use it with your cell phone. They work great – especially the higher priced unit.

  27. JTV on May 6th, 2021 9:18 am

    Citizens in the Great State of Florida can take out the trash as well. Bravo Ma’am.

  28. Mary on May 6th, 2021 8:58 am

    This is tragic that this woman had to resort to This. If he had survived, maybe, God willing, those anger management classes would have been successful.

  29. ensley boy on May 6th, 2021 8:43 am

    She should have called a community organizer instead of the police so they could talk to him about his anger. (sic)

  30. Nonamerequired on May 6th, 2021 8:43 am

    One point to the bad guy for taking down the door. Another point to the bad guy for securing a deadly weapon. One point for good “guy” for securing deadly weapon. One point for first strike. One point for deadly strike. Extra point for the win with a head shot.

  31. Victim of DV on May 6th, 2021 8:20 am

    @ Jordon and Everyone,
    Domestic Violence is a problem EVERYWHERE, and you better arm yourself, because a lot of times the police will not help.
    I am a victim of DV, the neighbors would call the police just about every weekend and the abuser only went to jail one time and that was because he hit the police when they came in. I was not protected. I was told that I would go to jail if I were to shoot him. Finally I decided I would arm myself, and take my chances. When my abuser learned that I had a gun, (he saw it in my purse) that was my last day of DV. He knew I would use it.
    I hope this woman and her children are OK. My prayers are with them.

  32. SueB on May 6th, 2021 7:06 am

    A person with a violent past should still be in jail vs dead! More women have to file a domestic violence injunction (if an Escambia County Judge agrees to the injunction), and have a loaded gun to protect them & their children from violence within the home. Plus have a camera to record the violence. Now, let the healing begin.

  33. Gunsmoke on May 6th, 2021 7:05 am

    This is exactly what this law was intended for! Thank goodness no harm came to the young lady and she saved the taxpayers quite a bit of money!! BRAVO!

  34. john on May 6th, 2021 6:36 am

    Very good. If this woman didn’t have the ability to arm herself with a Gun, she and her children might have died a brutal death!

  35. Anne on May 5th, 2021 9:43 pm

    Thank God for this Strong Mother and her actions to protect her children and herself.
    Without her firm resolve to be Mama Bear this could have been truly Tragic with valuable lives harmed or lost.
    Dear Lord, please watch over this family.

  36. John on May 5th, 2021 9:17 pm

    I love a happy ending!

  37. TB on May 5th, 2021 9:02 pm

    Thank God for Florida’s stand your ground laws..
    If this happened in some other state the homeowner wouldn’t be able to protect themselves for not having a personal defense weapon or they would be in jail and the intruders family would have sued the homeowner.

  38. Concerned Citizen on May 5th, 2021 7:23 pm

    Hell Yeah a head shot!! Great job by the young woman protecting herself and her family. Should’ve shot him as soon as he kicked in the door, I’m always carrying even in my home or in my yard.

  39. Eugene on May 5th, 2021 6:59 pm

    Apparently the young man has been dispatched to the ultimate “anger management treatment”…….eternity. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” Hebrews 10:31.

  40. John smith on May 5th, 2021 6:45 pm

    Good thing there was video. Otherwise, I think he is innocent.

  41. Jcellops on May 5th, 2021 6:34 pm

    Another good reason to have home video security. Very scary situation.

  42. Jdub on May 5th, 2021 6:24 pm

    Wow! Just crazy! Glad that the people he went after are safe and alive. Thankful they were able to protect themselves! And that they were justified in the shooting death of this crazy nut job!!

  43. jordan on May 5th, 2021 6:11 pm

    I hope the poor lady is okay. Domestic Violence is a big problem in Pensacola. Even protection orders do not stop this. I’m glad that she had to courage to defend herself.

  44. Jason on May 5th, 2021 6:07 pm

    A few more seconds of audio and we all could of heard the sound of justice being served. Boom Boom…..

  45. Brandon F on May 5th, 2021 6:05 pm

    Thank god they were armed. You have a right to protect you and your family for situations just like this!

  46. Nope on May 5th, 2021 5:49 pm

    Pretty sure that is a NO on the wants to play!
    Definitely Not playing.

  47. Hmmm on May 5th, 2021 5:32 pm

    Well, I’m not sure what game he had in mind, but I think he lost.

  48. Bill N on May 5th, 2021 5:30 pm

    I hear a song by Queen; “Another one bites the dust”

  49. Tc on May 5th, 2021 5:13 pm

    Justice served !!

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