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Man shoots intruder after 911 call is transferred to voicemail

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Jun 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-17 15:04:26-04

WARNING: 911 calls below are graphic and may not be suitable for all audiences.

PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A man shot an alleged home invader to protect his family after his 911 call was transferred to voicemail.

Photo: My Fox 13 Florida

Photo: My Fox 13 Florida

My Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida, reported a man called 911 when four alleged robbers armed with guns broke into his home.

According to Fox 13, the alleged intruders wanted money and prescription drugs.

Officials said the dispatcher tried to transfer the call from the fire department to law enforcement, which sent the man to voicemail.

The homeowner took matters into his own hands and shot one of the alleged robbers.

He called 911 again and told the dispatcher he was robbed and two women in the house were hurt.

Fox 13 reported officers responded less than five minutes after the original call. Florida man shoots him invader My Fox 13

Officials told Fox 13 the issues transferring the call did not slow their response.

The department said it is taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Three of the suspects have been arrested including the one the homeowner shot to protect himself and his family.

One suspect, 31-year-old Joe Reverdes, is still on the run.