A Florida teen found dead in a burglarized Port Charlotte home is being hailed a hero after his family said he died while protecting his 5-year-old sister.
The body of 15-year-old Khyler Edman was discovered by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office after deputies canvassed the area following the arrest of 27-year-old Ryan Clayton Cole for burglary.
Deputies first responded to the area to reports of an injured male walking in the streets. The suspect later identified as Cole fled the area behind a home on Starlite Lane.
At the same time, police received a separate 911 call from a home on Conway Blvd. that an unknown man had entered the residence.
After a short foot pursuit, police apprehended Cole, who was found with several stab wounds on his hands and side. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
After his arrest, police searched and discovered Khyler’s body and his sister uninjured.
“It is believed that Cole received his injuries inside the same residence during a violent encounter,” police said.
Cole has not been charged in the teen’s death yet but he is facing burglary of an occupied dwelling and theft.