When 55-year-old James Wolf heard some noise coming from the back of his house around midnight Sunday, he grabbed his handgun.
He was fearing someone was trying to break in, and through the shadows, he saw a figure standing there.
"He told the subject to freeze. The subject didn't say anything, started walking towards him, and that's when James Wolf fired one shot," said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cristen Rensel.
Wolf hadn't shot an intruder. He shot his 17-year-old nephew who lives at the house.
The bullet went through Taylor Titus's arm. Taylor had snuck out earlier in the night to meet up with friends, and he was trying to sneak back in.
"That's not surprising to me," said Kristi Harris.
Harris has had issues with the neighbors for some time, in part because Wolf is a registered sex offender, and she has small kids. He was arrested after the shooting because of prior felony convictions from California, so he wasn't allowed to have a gun.
"We are very, very, uncomfortable with it. Our children are not allowed to play in the front yard by themselves ever," Harris said.
Taylor was taken to the hospital, and he's expected to be OK. No one at his house wanted to talk to FOX 13. One neighbor we spoke with sympathized with the uncle's actions, saying he was only trying to protect his property.
"I can probably understand how someone could do that," said Robert Hill.
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