Burglary suspect shot after Tampa woman sees him on home security app

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) A suspected burglar is in the hospital following a shooting in a Tampa neighborhood.

Gunfire rang out on North B Street in Tampa, just before 10 a.m.

Michael N. Stewart, previous mug shot
Michael N. Stewart, previous mug shot

“I just live over there and I just heard a pow and I was just getting out of bed,” said Samuel Sanders, a neighbor.

Sanders lives two doors down where suspected burglar, Michael Stewart, was shot.

“When I came out, my neighbor he came over just trying to see where the shot came from,” said Sanders.

Police said the homeowner saw Stewart on her surveillance camera from her cell phone. She watched as Stewart went through the drawers in her bedroom.

“So where ever she was…she looked at her phone and saw there was someone in her house. She called her dad, her dad came by and then confronted the intruder,” said Steve Hegarty, with the Tampa Police Department.

Investigators said the dad, Jerry King, shot Stewart in the upper torso as he was exiting the home.

Neighbor Corey Thompson tells me, after this, he’s considering security cameras.

“It’s scary to know that someone can come into your place, whenever,” said Thompson. “Getting some cameras or some technology for burglaries would be something that we’d like to do.”

Police believe technology should be credited with playing a major role in this case.

“Something that we’re seeing is that people have some pretty good surveillance video, in this case, it alerted her with somebody in her house, when she wasn’t even there,” said Hegarty.

King is cooperating with detectives. Stewart is facing burglary charges. He’s stable at a local hospital.

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