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Dispatch call released: Wellington teacher kills intruder

By Juan Carlos Fanjul email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX) - We're hearing the 9-1-1 calls made after a popular teacher shoots and kills an intruder inside his Wellington home.

The residents of the home were terrified, but what the would-be burglar, who was armed with a gun, didn't know is that the homeowner was the packing heat, too.

Dispatcher asked: "Is he moving?"

Caller: "No, sir, he's not moving."

Dispatcher: "Do you know where his gun is?"

Caller: "No, baby, where's his gun?"

Heath Miller: "I don't know."

Caller: "He doesn't know where his gun is."

A terrifying phone call after horrifying moments at home.

Heath Miller, a band director at Howell Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, had just shot Robert Tomlin after the 22 year old broke into his duplex in Wellington.

His wife, Mirelle, dialed 911.

Dispatcher: "Did he hit the person he shot at?"

Caller: "Yes, he's laying there on the living room."

Miller exchanged gunfire with the man; although, it's unclear who shot first.

As Tomlin lay on the floor, dying, Miller still clutched his gun in fear.

Dispatcher: "What kind of gun did your husband shot this man with?"

Caller: "Baby, what kind of gun did you shot him with?"

Caller: "38 Special"

Dispatcher: "A chest shot?"

Caller: "It's registered in Belle Glade. It's legal, and he shot him in the chest."

As cops rushed to the scene, the panic-stricken caller tried to explain to the dispatcher what had happened. "It wasn't easy."

Dispatcher: "Did he break in the house?"

Caller: "Yes, sir, he came through the patio. My dog starting barking. He tried to rob and shot us."

Dispatcher: "Stay with me ma'am. Calm down."

Caller: "Okay."

Miller has not been charged in connection with the shooting. The state attorney's office will determine if this was an act of self defense.

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