Police: Foreclosed Home Set Fire; Man Shot

Wounded Homeowner In Stable Condition At Hospital

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:44:10 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2011 03:55:22 AM EDT
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -

Police officers shot a man several times Friday morning after he set his foreclosed townhouse on fire, according to the Pembroke Pines Police Department.

WPLG-TV reported that a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy went to a townhouse at 738 SW 107th Ave. to serve an eviction notice about 11 a.m.

The real estate agent for the property confirmed the man inside the home was Allen Gauntlett, 52, who had lost the home to foreclosure after owing $10,000 in homeowners' dues and fees.

Police officers said Gauntlett would not come out of the home, and the deputy called for backup.

"As we were sending a unit to that location, the BSO deputy then called again and said that the subject was setting the house on fire," said Sgt. John Gazzano, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department.

"They said he put gasoline in his whole house and set it on fire, and the windows are all burned out, and the door has burnout around it," said neighbor Kara Burbano.

Police said Gauntlett walked out of the burning house and got into a fight with officers, so the officers shot him.

From Sky 10 overhead, Gauntlett's boots and blood could be seen lying on the pavement near the home. Gauntlett was taken Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue said his injuries were serious and life-threatening.

No firefighters or police officers were injured.

Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue said the fire was contained to one unit, which had damage estimated to exceed $70,000.

"The houses are connected, and it scared me because someone that was so careless of their neighbors, that would just set the house on fire, maybe, you know, he could have been my neighbor and set my house on fire," Burbano said.

Pembroke Pines police are investigating.