Lakeland officer surprises burglars, shoots 1

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Lakeland police say one of their officers surprised two burglars in his apartment and ended up shooting one of them in the leg.

The police department said off-duty officer Preston Chatmon returned home Tuesday morning and found the suspects in his apartment. He said he ordered them to stay where they were, but they charged him instead.

The 24-year-old officer fired his weapon once and hit one of the suspects in the leg before both fled. The officer gave chase and the suspects were taken into custody.

The suspect who was shot was identified as 18-year-old Anthony Santiago. The other suspect was his 33-year-old stepfather father, Nelson Ivan Rodriguez. It wasn’t clear if they had attorneys yet.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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