Man arrested after shooting juvenile who was burglarizing a neighbor’s car

Chad Locke

Press release from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

On September 13, 2021, shortly after 2 a.m., deputies responded to the 7800 block of SW 53rd Place in Valwood subdivision in reference to a report of a shooting. Chad Locke, 51, was in his home monitoring his surveillance camera system when he saw someone in the act of burglarizing his neighbor’s vehicle. Mr. Locke armed himself with a handgun and went outside to investigate and confront the subject, who, upon being discovered, tried to flee.

Mr. Locke shot the burglar in the back and then called 911 to report the incident. The investigation into whether Mr. Locke’s actions would constitute self-defense revealed that the subject never made overt or hostile actions or statements that would create a well-founded fear, nor did Mr. Locke observe the subject in possession of any weapons. Mr. Locke was arrested for aggravated battery with a firearm and transported to the Alachua County Jail. The burglar, who is a juvenile, was transported to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.