Rosko Rock, Dale Reese: 81-year-old Florida man shoots accused attacker in Palm Beach Gardens

Police have yet to file any charges on shooter

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Police in Palm Beach Gardens say an 81-year-old resident shot a man accused of attacking him and two women at his house Saturday.

At 4:45 p.m., police said they were called to the 400 block of Riverside Drive in response to the shooting.

Investigators learn that Dale Hendrix Reese, 39, was having domestic problems with his girlfriend.

According to police, his girlfriend was visiting a friend on Riverside Drive.  However, Reese spotted his girlfriend's car at the residence and flattened her tire, said investigators.

Police said the owner of the house, Rosko Rock, 81, was confronted by Reese, who wanted to know the location of the girlfriend.

"My neighbor, he's the kind of guy you don't mess with," said Harry Cornelius, who lives next door to Rock.

Investigators said Reese forced his way into the house and began attacking the girlfriend and her friend, who rented a room at the residence from Rock.

Rock, according to officers, retrieved his handgun and told Reese to leave.

Police said that Reese aggressively approached Rock, so the 81-year-old man shot Reese.
Officers said they do not expect Reese to survive his wounds.

"I'm sure he did not want to shoot him. He's not that kind of guy. As far as I'm concerned, he's a very good neighbor," said Cornelius.

The incident is under investigation.

Daryl Rogers, who knows Reese and his girlfriend, said he never saw the couple fight when he was around them. Rogers said Reese is not only a father, but a friend to neighbors.

"I don't see him doing what they say, being aggressive like that. I don't see him going after nobody. He's not an aggressive man," said Rogers.

Palm Beach Gardens Police said no charges have been filed.

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