WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – It was after midnight. The Grays were fast asleep in their home off Boyette Oaks Place in Wesley Chapel.
Their two kids and their months-old grandson were tucked away across the hall. Then Connee Gray heard her bedroom doorknob turn.
She quickly shook her husband, Andy, awake.
“I said, ‘Honey, someone is in the house,'” said Connee.
“It was an unreal moment of, ‘Is this really happening?'” Andy said.
Sitting next to Andy was an unloaded shotgun he recently purchased. It was the family’s first gun. They had never even used it. But early Sunday morning, Andy loaded two rounds.
“I racked the shotgun and chambered a shell and I said ‘Come on out!'” he said, showing us where he stood.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Michael Zamora-Norris stood just feet away.
“I’m standing about here with a shotgun in my hands,” said Andy, motioning inside his kitchen. “And he just slowly walked out, waved his hand, and said, ‘Sorry.'”
Stunned, Andy then chased Zamora-Norris, 21, to a bathroom in the back.
“As I threw the door open with the shotgun in my hand, he was standing on the toilet and trying to open the window,” Andy said.
He said it happened so fast he barely remembers it, but Andy fired his gun. He ultimately missed the burglar, however, who he says dove out of the window and took off running.
Zamora-Norris was eventually tracked down by a Sheriff’s Office K-9 in a wooded area a couple miles away from the family’s home.
“I’m just glad it happened the way it did,” Andy said.
No one was hurt. Nothing was stolen, except one thing you can’t get back — a sense of safety.
“You took from me. You took the security away from me. You took from my household and my family,” Connee said through tears. “That’s just not something easy that you can rebuild.”
Zamora-Norris is being held at the Land O’ Lakes Jail on a $20,000 bond.
According to the sheriff’s office, he was on probation for occupied burglary at the time of this incident. Because of that, he’s now facing charges of probation violation and burglary of an occupied dwelling.