Homeowner fatally shot attacker, another suspect flees, police say
By Tara Russakov, Assignment Editor -
HOLLY HILL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Palm Beach Gardens man was found dead in front of a Holly Hill home Friday night, and investigators say he is one two suspects that tried to rob the house.
Preliminary reports from Holly Hill Police say Kenneth Conley was eating a meal on the porch of the home when two people pulled up in a car and came toward the residence. Conley tells police the pair began to beat him then used a stun gun on him before ordering him to open the front door.
Once inside,the suspects tried to force their way into a bedroom occupied by the homeowner, Jerry Stremovihtg. According to reports, at least one of the suspects was armed with a knife. Stremovihtg armed himself with a .38 caliber revolver and fired several rounds at the suspects striking one of the suspect at least once. The suspect stumbled outside the home and died in the front yard. The second suspect ran from the residence, got in a car and drove away.
Investigators have identified the man who was shot as Sanlee Alan Bennett, 35, of Palm Beach Gardens. The second suspect is being sought in connection with this case.
Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker tells FOX 35, "Preliminary reports indicate that Stremovihtg acted in self defense and he has not been charged at this time; however, our investigation into the incident is developing and on-going as we seek a motive for the robbery."