A burglary suspect is recovering in the hospital after an employee shot him during a break-in early Tuesday morning, Tampa police said.
Investigators say Moe's Smoke Shop on West Waters Avenue had suffered a robbery in May and burglary at the beginning of June, so employees decided to sleep overnight in the business to try to keep an eye on it.
"All I heard was glass breaking, and I just jumped up. It's kind of a blur," said Shane Hiser, who was sound asleep in the Smoke Shop when someone smashed his way in through the glass front door.
Police identified the suspect as Dillon Trujillo, 22, and said he got into a confrontation with Hiser before Hiser shot Trujillo.
Hiser said he thought Trujillo was armed and remembers having one thought go through his mind.
"That it was him or me, and I was afraid for my life," Hiser said.
Trujillo was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police said he stole something from the business before the confrontation, and will face burglary charges.
"It appears at this point that the shooting is justified but obviously there's still a lot that needs to be looked at and that's something we'll discuss with the State Attorney's office," said Andrea Davis, a TPD spokesperson.
Trujillo has been arrested eight other times since 2007, when he was 15 years old. His charges have included grand theft motor vehicle, burglary and robbery. According to Hillsborough County arrest records, he spent nearly 11 months in state prison following a 2010 arrest for charges including armed burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, battery and felon in possession of a firearm.
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