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Sheriff's Official Shoots, Kills Intruder

By Al Pefley email

Lake Worth, FL (WFLX)

An intruder was shot and killed after he forced his way into the home of a major with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The property is owned by Major Richard Jenkins, who's been with the department since 1980.   And authorities at the scene confirm that it was Major Jenkins who scuffled with the guy and shot him.

"It's frightening. It's just really frightening. This is a nice little neighborhood," said Lynn Foley, a neighbor.

Sheriff's officials say Major Jenkins was just getting out of the shower about 8 this morning, getting ready for work, when an intruder forced his way through the front door.  According to a neighbor, Jenkins heard the front door being rattled, went to the door to see who it was, opened it slightly, and the intruder pushed past him and came into the house.

"I guess I'm gonna have to get a gun myself. With the economy the way it is, people are goin' crazy," said Real Lambert, another neighbor.

This makes the second time in recent weeks the same house has been the scene of a break-in.

February 2, someone broke in through a window and stole two handguns, five sheriff's uniforms, two badges, a PBSO hat, and an 18K gold men's bracelet.

At that time, Major Jenkins and his wife were not home. 19 year old James Ellerbe of Lake Worth was arrested a few days later, charged with armed burglary and grand theft.

Officials say the February 2 break-in and this latest one do not appear to be related.  Ellerbe is still behind bars.  Why the home was targeted again today is unknown, because since the intruder is now dead detectives cannot question him.  But having this happen twice in a month has neighbors feeling uneasy.

"I'm afraid I'm gonna have to put some bars on some windows. Otherwise I won't be able to sleep at night," Lambert said.

The intruder, an Hispanic male,  has not been identified and a sheriff's spokeswoman said she did not know how many shots Jenkins fired.    An autopsy is expected to be done Saturday. Major Jenkins suffered minor injuries to his wrist in the scuffle.

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