A Lake Placid man was shot twice and now faces armed burglary and aggravated assault charges after he was confronted by an armed store owner late Wednesday during an alleged break-in at a Highway Park business.
The suspect, 23-year-old David Allan Curry, was shot in the left foot and right thigh about 11:15 p.m. when he allegedly pointed a gun at Jonathan T. Hawthorne, the owner of HHH Food and Beverage at 128 Crestmore Drive. Hawthorne, acting on a call from an alarm company, arrived at the store just before a deputy and was armed with a .40 caliber Glock handgun.
The metal grating on a front window had been pulled aside, the report said, and both Hawthorne and the deputy could hear noises inside the store. Hawthorne told the deputy he thought the burglar was trying to escape out the back, so he went around the store. The deputy then heard gunshots and saw a man flee from behind the building and across U.S. 27.
Hawthorne told deputies he confronted a man coming out the rear door of the store and yelled “freeze.” The man reportedly turned toward Hawthorne and pointed a gun, at which point Hawthorne shot twice in self-defense. The suspect took off with Hawthorne in pursuit. During the chase, the store owner fired another shot in the air.
Shortly after midnight, deputies were notified that Curry was in the emergency room at Florida Hospital Lake Placid with two gunshot wounds. Curry denied breaking into the business and trying to gain access to the cashier’s office. He said he was just walking behind the store when an armed man confronted him and then shot him as he ran away.
Curry was charged with armed burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief.