An ax-wielding Orange County, Florida man picked the wrong home to break into Tuesday night when he busted down a sheriff’s deputy’s door and was shot multiple times.
Steven William Thayer, 40, had already made numerous break-in attempts throughout the Apopka neighborhood when he used an ax to smash his way into the deputy’s home.
The deputy, who was not named, shot the suspect multiple times to protect herself and her children. She was able to handcuff him after a struggle and hold him until deputies arrived.
Most of Thayer’s wounds were to his lower extremities, and he was expected to survive.
Thayer was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling with a deadly weapon.
He also faces an additional burglary charge for an incident prior to his run-in with the deputy.