WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- West Palm Beach Police identified 16-year-old Malik Wyatt as the teenager who was shot and killed during a burglary on Wednesday afternoon.
The homeowner, whose name has not been released, found Wyatt with a gun in his hand before he struggled with the teen to disarm him and then shoot him. After the owner called 911, Wyatt was rushed to St. Mary’s hospital but died later that day.
The homeowner arrived at his house in the 700 block of 57th Street, east of Greenwood Avenue, during his lunch break around 1 p.m. and saw the back door was open. According to the report, he told police he locked his home when he left earlier that day.
Once he was inside, he found Wyatt in the southeast bedroom of his home with a .22 caliber rifle in hand. The homeowner told police the gun belonged to a deceased family member. Gathered on the bed were more guns from around the home and police report Wyatt was attempting to cover the guns with a sheet.
The boy pointed one of the guns at the homeowner and the two got into a scuffle, said police spokesman West Palm Beach Police Capt. David Bernhardt. According to the news release, the homeowner was able to disarm the teen but “Wyatt continued to advance toward the homeowner forcing the homeowner to shoot.”
The man shot the boy “a couple” of times, Bernhardt said.
The homeowner will not face charges.
Kayla Griffith, who lives nearby on Pinewood Avenue, said she was watching television when the shooting happened.
She heard someone was trying to break into a home on 57th Street and was shot.
“This is the kind of stuff we watch on television in Atlanta,” Griffith, who moved to the neighborhood a month ago, said. “And it happened it broad daylight.”