Florida, USA -A disabled veteran in Florida who said he shot two homeless men in order to protect a pregnant woman will not be charged because he acted in self-defense, authorities said Wednesday.
Joshua Anderson stepped in during a fight between the men Tuesday night at a beach pier in Port St. Lucie, located along Florida's Atlantic coast. During the altercation, one of the men, later identified as Brett Jowers, allegedly pushed the pregnant girlfriend of the second man, Zachery Sly, to the ground, NBC News website reported.
Anderson, 29, "saw a woman being attacked at night, and he went to her aid," Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said at a news conference. "In my opinion, I think he did the right thing."
Anderson warned the men to back off, but when they threatened to jump on him, he shot each of them in the torso, Snyder added. "You don't have an obligation to allow yourself to be attacked," the sheriff said.
Anderson, who had been out fishing before the attack, called 911. Snyder said the Army veteran has a disability, but did not specify what it is.
As far as Sheriff Snyder sees it, Anderson clearly acted in self-defense, and will not face any criminal charges, unless more evidence emerges in the case.
Due to his disability, he would not be able to fend off an attack from both males, especially considering that one was somewhat larger than he was. Barring unforeseen additional evidence or witness statements, Mr. Anderson will not be charged with any offense to this incident.
Sheriff Snyder will give media briefing at 11:15am/Causeway shooting update. MCSO
— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) March 18, 2015
The two men identified only as Both Jowers and Sly both in critical condition and still at an area hospital.
Meanwhile up to date still unclear if both or either the men shot by the disabled veteran will face any charges for attacking the pregnant woman if they survive,Inquistr said.