Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says a man shot two people in self defense as reported by WPTV.
On Tuesday night, the sheriff says, Joshua Anderson of Port St. Lucie was fishing underneath the Jensen Beach Causeway.
While fishing, Anderson witnessed a fight between Brett Jowers and Zachery Sly.
The sheriff says the two men were homeless and hung out around the causeway.
During the altercation, the sheriff says Jowers attacked Sly’s girlfriend and pushed her onto the ground.
That’s when witnesses say Anderson stepped in to help.
“He saw a woman being attacked at night, and he went to her aid. In my opinion I think he did the right thing,” the sheriff says.
Anderson is a disabled Army veteran. The sheriff couldn’t specify what his disability was.
He says the two homeless men were threatening Anderson and one of them shoved him.
That’s when witnesses say Anderson told the two that he had a gun and that they should back off.
But the sheriff says the two didn’t leave him alone, and that’s when he shot them both in the torso.
“You don’t have an obligation to allow yourself to be attacked,” the sheriff says.
After the shooting, Anderson then called 911 to alert authorities about what happened.
“Due to his disability, he would not be able to fend off an attack from both males, especially considering that one was somewhat larger than he was,” Snyder says.
The two men who were shot are in an area hospital in critical condition.
The sheriff says they could face charges for what happened, but he says it’s likely Anderson won’t face any charges.
“Barring unforeseen additional evidence or witness statements, Mr . Anderson will not be charged with any offense to this incident,” he says.
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