August 20, 2014
Bruised and bloodied by an intruder, a Jacksonville man and woman exchanged gunfire with the invader and put an end to an assault early Friday at their home. The two were hospitalized, but a child there was unharmed and the suspect is dead, police said.
The dead man has been identified as Marquise Trevel Yates, 21, whose last known address was in the 6100 block of Arlington Expressway.
The adults were apparently just waking up when they heard a “loud noise” of someone breaking in the back door on Seabrook Cove Road, said Sgt. Michael Paul….
“They had become involved in a scuffle with him inside,” Paul said. “The homeowner was able to retrieve a firearm and the suspect of the robbery is deceased at the scene.”
The sergeant did not specify if the couple were husband and wife but said the child is possibly a grandchild.
The 50-year-old man fought with the assailant and was hit multiple times with a blunt object, police said late Friday. He was able to get to a gun and exchange gunfire with the attacker. The 60-year-old woman also got a gun and shot the suspect.
The Sheriff’s Office was called about 6:30 a.m. to the home just west of Cesery Boulevard, off the Arlington Expressway service road.
Investigators were looking at a backyard fence early in the investigation as a possible entry site for the robbery suspect.
The man’s injuries were more serious than the woman’s, but both were listed in stable condition at UF Health Jacksonville, Paul said.
“Hopefully we will recover all the weapons and we will be able to talk to the victims and get a really good picture of what happened,” Paul said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating the death and the State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case.