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Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

Florida blind man, Melchisedec Williams, shoots nephew Isaiah Carter who broke into his house

A blind Florida man shot an intruder who broke into his home, who turned out to be his teenage nephew. Police detailed the incident Monday, now clarifying if either or both men would face any charges.

Melchisedec Williams was woken up on Sunday night when he heard a crash and stomping. The 50-year-old man grabbed his gun, Tampa police said. The intruder, armed with only a knife, had cut the power to the man’s house and broken in through a bedroom window, police added..

Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy told press that Williams, who is legally blind, called the name of his nephew, Isaiah Moses Carter, 15, asking if that was who had entered the house, McElroy said. Hearing no response, Williams fired his weapon.

The teen groaned loud enough after being shot, that Williams recognized him as Isaiah.

“That’s what made me stop shooting,” he said. “I was in the dark, and I was ready to unload that gun until I heard his voice.”

Carter was injured,  treated at Tampa General hospital, where he was in serious condition but expected to survive.

Williams told authorities that the teen came to live with his uncle about a month ago after getting into trouble at his mother’s home. Carter had disappeared from Williams’s house about a week ago.

“The more I tried to help him, the more he had this hatred towards me,” Williams told Tampabay.com in their Aug. 25 coverage. “This boy has got a real demon inside of him. But I never imagined he would try to come in and kill me.”

Charges are pending, but it is not yet clear which of the two will face charges, clarified McElroy. Williams is blind in his right eye as a result of glaucoma and has only minor sight in his left.

“I have no remorse for what I did,” he said. “It’s sad what happened, but I’m glad it happened. That way it took him off the streets and people can sleep calmer at night.”

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

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