Dairy farmer D.J. Williams shot and killed an intruder on Sunday in the home of his wife and three children, who were in the house at the time, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press.
Williams was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The shooting took place in the driveway of the home on East Washington Avenue in Lakeland, Florida.
Williams, 46, was a licensed Florida dairy farmer.
Williams said he fired his weapon at the intruder, who fled the scene and called police.
He was not charged with a crime.
Williams told police he was cleaning his shotgun when he heard a noise from outside and then a second loud bang, according a police statement.
Williams did not say what the noise was.
“I don’t know if it was a door slamming or someone trying to break into the house, but I just heard something, and it sounded like a gun,” he said, according the police statement, which was obtained by Al Jazeera.
The police report did not indicate why the intruder entered the home.
“There’s nothing to indicate that this was a random incident, or a burglary, or anything,” Lakeland police Lt.
Steve Brown told the AP.
The homeowner told the local news outlet that he and his wife had been cleaning out their house for the past few days and that Williams was one of their cleaning crew.
The woman said the intruder had “a shotgun and a baseball bat,” and that they were preparing to leave when Williams “went to the kitchen and started talking to him and threatened to shoot him.”
The neighbor said that Williams and his family have lived in the same house for about four years.
He added that Williams had been working at the farm for the last three years, and that the intruder was “very aggressive” towards the family.
Police are investigating the incident and said they were not releasing the name of the intruder until the case is closed.
Williams’ wife, Jennifer Williams, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault.
She told local media that the incident had been a “tragedy” and that she was “shocked and upset” and “heartbroken.”
Williams is also facing domestic violence charges in Florida.