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Thief charged with murder after his armed accomplice was shot and killed by elderly man during home invasion

By Alexis Bell 8:40 AM January 9, 2018
Luismil Hernandez (L) and Gerald Anderson

A high school football player, who shot a homeowner during an armed home invasion, lost his life when the injured homeowner fought back.

The homeowner of Orange County, Florida, was not charged in connection with the death of 18-year-old Gerald Anderson because police determined that he fatally shot the teen in self-defense.

70-year-old Juan Jose Caraballo was shot in the arm, chest, and lower abdomen during the shootout inside his home.

He returned fire and shot Anderson twice in the chest and once in the leg. The teen was found lying on a bed, unresponsive, and covered in blood with a .40-caliber Glock in his hand.

Caraballo was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. His wife who came home from work during the robbery was unharmed.

Police arrested 18-year-old Luismil Hernandez who was an accomplice and was at the home together with Anderson.

Hernandez, who escaped from a backdoor unharmed, was charged with first-degree felony murder and armed burglary over the death of his friend.

Students at the Edgewater High School expressed their shock after learning that Anderson was involved in an armed home invasion.

Students said that Anderson was accepted into college and he was looking forward to a career in football.

Anderson and Hernandez were on probation for possession of a firearm by a minor.

Anderson’s mother told police that Hernandez picked up her son to meet with their probation officer earlier that day.

The mother said that her son left with Hernandez and that was the last time she saw him before his death, according to the police report.