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(Meredith) - Authorities said a Florida homeowner shot three men, killing two of them, after they broke into his home on Friday.

“The victim in this case was exercising his Second Amendment right to protect himself in his home,” said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

The break-in happened around midnight in Wesley Chapel, according to the sheriff's office.

The homeowner told deputies he was playing video games when he heard glass shatter toward the back of his house. He then grabbed a 9mm handgun and walked down a narrow hallway, where he saw the armed intruders.

Nocco said the homeowner opened fire, killing Luis Casado and Khyle Durham, both 21. The homeowner's gun jammed after he shot a third suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jeremiah Tramel.

Tramel ran out of the house when the homeowner went to grab another gun, Nocco said. But he didn't get far.

An armed neighbor stopped Tramel and detained him until deputies arrived.

Tramel was taken to a Tampa hospital for treatment and later charged with armed home invasion and second-degree murder. The Associated Press reports that a person can be charged with murder under Florida law when someone dies while the person is committing a felony, even if the victim was an accomplice.

When questioned at the hospital, Tramel said he was not involved in the robbery. He told detectives he had been riding with the other two men and only approached the home after hearing gunshots.

Nocco said the suspects appeared to know the homeowner. The sheriff said the homeowner believes he may have been targeted because of his gun collection, which he has posted on social media.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this story.

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