Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
A 26-year-old Cocoa man who used a shotgun to protect himself against burglars climbing a fence to get into his backyard, acted within his rights when he shot four masked teen-agers, police said.
Richard Evans of 1003 Montclair Road repeatedly shouting at the teens to stay off his property, but they ignored him, police said. Investigators determined the man believed he was protecting himself and his family against burglars possibly armed with guns.
Evans was also hurt after his gun fired accidentally, striking him in the back.
( How the hell did he shoot himself in the back?) samD