All is quiet along this little dirt road in St. Cloud. But, inside two homes just five doors apart two households a grieving after a deadly shooting last night at the end of Aladdin Court.
“Last night around 10 pm deputies responded to Aladdin Court in St. Cloud. When they arrived they spoke to the homeowner who indicated that he and his wife and a friend were in the living room. They heard what sounded like someone trying to break into their home,” said Twis Lizasuain, the spokesperson for the Osceola County Sheriffs Office.
Lizasuain says the homeowner a grabbed gun and walked towards his back door where the noise was coming from and came face to face with a stranger.
“The suspect had entered the back porch and was getting ready to make entry into the kitchen. He asked that individual what he was doing in his home. The individual lunged at him several times. He threw him onto a table and that forced the homeowner to fire shots at the suspect,” said Lizasuain.
Emergency crews rushed 30 year old Bo Alexander Garris to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Investigators say Garris also lives on Aladdin Court, less than half a block from where he was shot and killed.
“But according to the homeowner he had never seen this individual before and did not know who he was,” said Lizasuain.
Garris’ roommates did not want to talk to FOX 35, neither did the homeowner who fired the fatal shots. A good friend who was at the shooter’s house tells FOX 35 that both gates were shut and locked and the only way for Garris to get into the backyard would have been by scaling or jumping over one of the fences.
Lizasuain says one of their deputies had seen Garris shortly before he was shot and killed, that the deputy had stopped to talk to him because he thought Garris looked suspicious. “The deputy had seen the suspect walking on the side of the road.
He stopped to talk to him and the suspect indicated he was leaving a local bar. The deputy did indicate the suspect did not appear intoxicated, but said the suspect was trying to walk home over towards his residence,” said Lizasuain.
What happened in the time between that conversation with the deputy and what happened in the back of the home is unclear at this point. OCSO tell FOX 35 the incident is still investigation, but deputies believe it’s a case of self defense.