BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - A 45-year-old Boca Raton man is in the hospital after being shot by an Oakland Park homeowner on Wednesday during a burglary, according to Mike Jachles, spokesman for Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Charles Rieckman, 73, told police he was inside his home at 4431 NE 18 th Avenue when Kevin Madigan smashed a window and broke into his home. A neighbor heard a noise, went outside to check and called 9-1-1, Jachles said.
As the neighbor was on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher from Ft. Lauderdale Police Department describing the situation and the suspect's vehicle, Madigan exited the house carrying a TV and placed it in his Toyota Camry. Madigan allegedly attacked the woman and tried to steal her cell phone. When Rieckman saw his neighbor under attack he fired at the suspect several times, Jachles said..
Madigan fled in his car and stopped in the 1700 block of Northeast 48 Court to ask a resident for gas. The wounded suspect put a about a gallon of gas in his car, threw the gas can on the ground and took off before crashing about a mile away from the initial scene in an industrial area near Northeast 43 Street and 11 Avenue.
Deputies converged on the suspect and Oakland Park Fire Rescue took him to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment.
Jachles said that the sheriff's office is treating the shooting as justifiable.
Madigan is facing multiple charges, including burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and strong-arm robbery, as well as other charges.