An armed robbery at a St. Lucie County, Florida, mobile home park Tuesday night left one suspect dead, another injured and authorities searching for the third, who fled when gunfire erupted as one of the victims fought back.
Kyle Davis, 21, was standing outside around 12:45 a.m., talking with two friends – Michael Cunningham, 20, and David Quintero, 20 – when the trio was approached by three men, who announced a robbery. At least one of the suspects was armed with a gun, TCPalm reported.
Davis was knocked to the ground, beaten and pistol whipped. Then the suspects cleaned him of his wallet and cell phone, before turning their attention toward Davis’ friends. What the suspects failed to find, however, was a 9 mm which Davis was carrying concealed.
Fearing for his own life and the safety of his friends, Davis, who lost several teeth while being beaten and possibly broke his nose, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, waited for the right moment to make a move on the three suspects.
“He was obviously scared,” Mascara noted.
“He said he saw that moment where the guys gaze looked away from him and he thought that was the time to get it done,” added Detective Paul Taylor.
Davis fired multiple shots, striking at least two of the suspects. The third suspect took off as soon as shots were fired, leaving his wounded accomplices behind. Authorities said they are unsure whether the third suspect was shot.
When police arrived, they found Chase Harrington Orvis, 27, lying on the ground near the park’s mail boxes, according to reports from local media. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital, where his current condition is unknown.
Mascara confirmed Davis acted in self-defense and will not face charges.