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Armed Pasco homeowner shoots at burglary suspect

WESLEY CHAPEL — A 21-year-old Tampa man on probation for burglarizing an occupied dwelling may have escaped with his life Sunday morning after he was found inside the home of a gun owner.

Michael Jose Zamora-Norris, of 1103 East 127th St., Tampa, went into a home on Boyette Oaks Place early Sunday and woke up the homeowners as he walked through the living room, a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report said.

A man inside the house loaded two rounds into his shotgun and confronted Zamora-Norris in a hallway, the report said.

On probation for burglary of an occupied dwelling in Hillsborough County, Zamora-Norris retreated into a bathroom and tried to slam the door shut, but the homeowner pushed the door open and fired a round at Zamora-Norris as he “fled through the bathroom window,” the report said.

Zamora-Norris was not struck, the report said.

The incident happened around 2 a.m., the report said.

Zamora-Norris was later arrested with the help of a K-9 officer and identified by the victim, the report said.

He was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and violating probation. He was being held at the Land O’ Lakes Jail Monday with bail at $20,000.

Zamora-Norris’s probation was related to a 2012 arrest on burglary, grand theft and possession of marijuana charges, Hillsborough County court records show. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years of probation, records show.

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