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Crazed man shot by homeowner protecting himself and neighbor during Largo home invasion

Officers from the Largo Police Department along with crews from Pinellas Suncoast and Largo Fire Rescue responded to a home after reports of a person shot.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The crime scene included two residences in the 14400-14500 block of 120th Avenue in Largo.

Officers located 29 year-old Jeffrey Smith with a gunshot wound. Paramedics assessed his injuries and an air transport was requested. Lifeline landed just off Walsingham Road and transported the seriously injured male to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

The iniitial investigation showed Smith entered the residence by forcing his way in through the front door as it was opened up by the female victim.

Smith then entered inside the residence acting in an erratic and paranoid state and scaring the woman as she ran outside to get help.

As she attempted to gain the attention of neighboring residents, Smith followed behind and kicked the door of another house attempting to gain entry, but did not.

The woman was able to make contact with a nearby neighbor, while she was being pursued by the man.

While she was at the residence of a neighbor seeking help, Smith approached the residence acting in a suspicious manner before he ultimately ran up to the front door and illegally entered after the woman and her neighbor retreated inside.

Smith was shot during this incident and is presently receiving medical treatment where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

Alcohol and/or narcotics appear to be a factor in this case.

Smith is being charged with two (2) counts of burglary to an occupied dwelling.

The investigation is still active, and no more  information will be released at this time.

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