Santa Rosa, County, (FL) Sheriff Bob Johnson offered firearms training for local homeowners during a press conference about a repeat offender. (Photo: Facebook Live Screen Shot) -

Santa Rosa, County, (FL) Sheriff Bob Johnson offered firearms training for local homeowners during a press conference about a repeat offender. (Photo: Facebook Live Screen Shot)

A Florida sheriff is encouraging homeowners to shoot intruders in order to save taxpayers money.

The comments came after a burglary spree in Pace, Florida, in which a man is accused of breaking into multiple homes and backyards as he ran from deputies.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said one homeowner shot at the man during the burglary spree but missed, the Hill reports. 

“We don’t know what homeowner — which homeowner — shot at him. I guess they think they did something wrong, which they did not,” Johnson said.

“If somebody’s breaking into your house, you’re more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County, and we prefer that you do actually. Whoever that was, you’re not in trouble. Come see us. We have a gun safety class we put on every other Saturday. If you take that, you’ll shoot a lot better, and hopefully, you’ll save taxpayers money.” 

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