and Kills Intruder
Winter Haven Police have made a positive
identification of the intruder shot by a homeowner this morning on
Lake Marianna Dr. in Winter Haven.
40 year old Mitchell G. Large (DOB 5-25-73,
LNA: 2526 Hwy 92, Winter Haven) has been identified as the intruder
who broke into the home. Large was shot by the homeowner after a
shot was fired in an attempt to scare him when he forced his way
inside through French doors in the back of the home. After the
initial shot, Large continued to charge at the homeowner, who feared
for his life and the safety of his family. The homeowner fired at
Large striking him in the torso at least one time. An autopsy is
being currently being conducted by the Tenth District Medical
Initial reports indicated three people were
inside of the home at the time of the incident. A fourth person, 20
year-old Lilliana E. Pena, was also inside of the home, but was in
another part of the house and did not witness the incident.
**ORIGINAL RELEASE** On 4-7-14 at
approximately 6:50 a.m., homeowners at 4219 Lake Marianna Dr. Winter
Haven heard what sounded like someone entering the rear portion of
the residence. Homeowners 54 year-old Luis F. Pena, 53 year-old
Bacenbina A. Pena and 27 year-old Luis A. Pena (DOB 6-13-86) were
all in the residence and heard the noise.
Luis A. Pena went to investigate and found a
male rattling the French doors leading off a back porch area. The
resident retrieved a firearm and fired a shot in an attempt to scare
the reported intruder off. However, the intruder continued into the
residence, undeterred by the shot. At this point, all three
residents had armed themselves and were in the kitchen area of the
home. Additional shots were fired with one hitting the reported
intruder at least once. The total number of shots fired has not been
confirmed at this time.
The reported intruder is described as
possibly a 40 year old white male. At this time, Police are in the
process of confirming his identity. Once positive identification is
made and next of kin is notified, his name will be released.
This investigation is still ongoing and more
updates will be released as they become available.
2011 Booking Photo