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Suspected home invader shot, killed by homeowner in Florence

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A home invasion in Florence left the suspect dead early Tuesday.

Florence police say the homeowner shot and killed the suspect, identified as James Devaughn Demoss, 26, of Hanceville.

At about 3 a.m., officers responded to call about shots fired in the 1100 block of East Limestone Street. As officers were responding to the scene, the homeowner notified them that the shots were fired during a home invasion.

Officers located Demoss inside. He had been shot multiple times by the homeowner inside the residence. He was transported to ECM Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the evidence indicates that Demoss targeted this particular residence.

They also believe others may have been involved in the home invasion. Investigators are still talking to witnesses in the hope of identifying others who may have direct or indirect knowledge of the events leading up to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610 or your local Crime Stoppers tip line.

WAFF 48 spoke exclusively with the homeowner, who asked to not be identified. He said he thinks it was a burglary gone wrong.

The homeowner said he and his mother were supposed to be gone for the holiday, but his flight wasn't until later.

He said he was also protecting his family because his 11- and 13-year-old cousins were in the room playing video games. He said they hid behind the dresser.

"This is where I was holding my rifle protecting my life," he said. "I kept shooting until I couldn't shoot no more.”

The homeowner said there were three intruders wearing masks who entered his home and started shooting.

"There is no need for nobody to try and shoot through someone’s door and come kill that person and take what’s in their home," he said.

He said he's never known of Demoss.

"I hope they find the perps who got away and I hope they find out who all put that together."

For now, their family is getting out of that house, moving away and thankful to be alive.

"Where I come from in Detroit it happens a whole lot, so my mind frame was to protect my family at any given cost because you'd never know what would happen or who would try to do something to you because there's a lot of crazy people out in this world," he said.

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