911 call: Deputy said he 'had to shoot' man breaking into his house

The back of the Golden Gate Estates house in the 1000 block of 27th Street Southwest, where Collier County sheriff's Cpl. Kenneth Vila, who was off-duty, shot Jean Rosaldo, 20, at 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

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The back of the Golden Gate Estates house in the 1000 block of 27th Street Southwest, where Collier County sheriff's Cpl. Kenneth Vila, who was off-duty, shot Jean Rosaldo, 20, at 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

With an intruder threatening and chasing him outside his home Sunday morning, an off-duty Collier County sheriff’s deputy said he “had to shoot” the stranger to protect himself, according to a 911 call released Tuesday.

Cpl. Kenneth Vila told a dispatcher he was defending himself when he fired one shot at his Golden Gate Estates neighbor, 20-year-old Jean Rosado, at about 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

In a four and a half minute call with a dispatcher, Vila said Rosado tried to break into his house and attacked him when confronted.

“I’m going to tell you right now, he goes, ‘I know you’re a (expletive) cop and I’ll kill you,’” Vila told a dispatcher. “I said ‘get back’ and he started chasing me and I’m like, ‘What am I running for? This is my domain, man.’ And I had to shoot him, brother.”

Vila, 49, was home alone when Rosado, who lives about three houses away, tried breaking into a rear door on the residence, located on the 1000 block of 27th Street Southwest, sheriff’s officials said. Rosado had a pair of long-handled pruning shears in his hands, which were taken into evidence, officials said.

In the 911 call, Vila said he was stirred by his home alarm, grabbed his semi-automatic pistol from a drawer and went outside. He found Rosado, who Vila thought had “some sledgehammer or something” in his hands.

With Rosado refusing to back down, Vila said he shot Rosado.

“I had to protect myself here,” Vila said. “I don’t know what the hell he had.”

Vila, who neighbors said lived on the street for about 15 years, said he didn’t know Rosado. Vila called emergency responders immediately after the shooting, holding Rosado at gunpoint as Rosado lay on the driveway.

On Sunday, Rosado’s mother, Martha Ortiz, said her son was in the midst of a “meltdown” stemming from mental health issues. Ortiz said her son is schizophrenic and might not have been taking his prescribed medications. Rosado’s family members couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Ortiz questioned Sunday why her son was shot in the chest.

“Couldn’t he have shot him in the leg or Tased him if he was out of control? Why did he have to shoot him in the chest?” Ortiz asked. “You could have stopped it another way.”

Rosado was listed in critical condition on Sunday, but his condition wasn’t available Tuesday. The bullet perforated Rosado’s lung, his mother said. Family members told WINK News that while his injuries are serious, he is expected to recover.

A criminal investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

Since the shooting, Vila, a 23-year Sheriff’s Office veteran who works in the Youth Relations Bureau, has been placed on administrative leave.

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