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Sanford man killed in home invasion

Posted November 22, 2013
Updated November 25, 2013

— A man posing as a sheriff’s deputy broke into a Sanford home early Friday and fatally shot the homeowner, authorities said.

Lee County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at the mobile home on Hickory Nut Court shortly before 6 a.m. and found Anthony Wayne Giles, 45, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Giles’ wife told deputies that a man carrying an assault-type rifle broke into the house, announced himself as “sheriff” and demanded money.

Giles’ wife, whose name was not released, said the man tied her up after she gave him money. Investigators said the couple's two adult children were also in the home. They were not hurt.

Anthony Giles, who went by Andy, owned a small logging company. Deborah Bruton's husband, Wilbert, worked for him for seven years. She described him as honest and hard-working.

"I don't know who did it," she said. "But whoever did it, I hope you find them quick and bring them to justice fast, because he didn't deserve this." Deborah Bruton Man posing as deputy robs, kills homeowner

Deborah Bruton said Giles was generous man.

"He was the type of man if you asked him for it, you just ask him and he'd give it to you," she said. "You didn't even have to ask him if he felt as though you needed it."

Added Wilbert Bruton, "I just can't believe he's gone. He'd do anything for anybody."

The shooter was described as black, with his hair in dreadlocks pulled into a ponytail. He was wearing a black knit cap, a gray-colored sweatshirt with “Sheriff’s Dept.” on it and tan cargo pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 919-755-5531 or Crime Stoppers at 919-718-4577. Crime Stoppers pays cash for tips leading to an arrest, and callers may remain anonymous.


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  • jdraleigh Nov 22, 2013

    Any robber with sense will say "Police."

    If you don't shoot and it's a robber, you're screwed. If you shoot and it's a cop, you're screwed.

    You have no way of telling, unless you can see a marked police car in the yard. But lots of cops don't come in marked cars. And if you guess wrong, tough luck.

    Some people say the cops cannot come into your home without a warrant. Sort of. They don't have to show the warrant. And do they ever enter illegally? Sometimes. And when they do, are you allowed to use deadly force? No.

    "Knock, knock, Police!" means "You lose, unless you are very lucky."

  • GovernmentMule Nov 22, 2013

    "I hate to be the one to break it to you, but a gun isn't what you need for protection." - jonstewartrules

    Unless it is. People use guns all the time for self defense. Or you can choose to be a guaranteed victim.

  • dawg59 Nov 22, 2013

    This is why you keep a weapon in your home!!!

  • lwe1967 Nov 22, 2013

    I hope that catch that person quick and that he spends a long time in jail. The Giles's should have had a weapon and blown the person away. This type of thing is happening too often!

  • Tax Man Nov 22, 2013

    I don't care if someone says they are a police officer - they cannot come into your home without your permission or a warrant! Always tell them you need to see the warrant and until you are satisfied it is legal keep your weapon handy. Now, if they have a marked police car and are in uniform with badges and ID's you probably have real cops, but impersonators like this scumbag will not have that and you hold them at gunpoint and shoot them if they try to come into your home. The police know the rules and usually follow them.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 22, 2013

    All I can say is people need to arm themselves. this stuff is only going to get worse. After all, watching the Federal Government ignoring and breaking laws, and not enforcing laws, the criminals figure it is open season.

  • harleymanusa Nov 22, 2013

    Man it's sad to see what this world has turned into.......

  • wynnediii Nov 22, 2013

    richardsonr6....they edited it after not describing and catching heat.

  • sunshine1040 Nov 22, 2013

    Read the last paragraph the shooter is black.

  • richardsonr6 Nov 22, 2013

    Did you read the story?? It states man was black with dreadlocks..