A homeowner shot and killed a tenant who demanded money from his landlord in the middle of the day, according to Orange County deputies.
Deputies said it appears the tenant who was shot had been demanding money from the homeowner at 223 10th Avenue in Ocoee around 11 a.m. Monday.
Deputies confirmed the man who was shot and killed is 43-year-old Luis Rivera.
"Our four kids I don't know what to tell them," Frances Ortiz said Monday after finding out her husband was shot and killed.
Ortiz said Rivera had a good relationship with the elderly couple who they rent their home from. The same landlord who deputies say shot and killed
Rivera at their home in Ocoee.
"They were nice people to us. I don't know why they did this to us," Ortiz said.
Ortiz says Rivera would spend time helping his landlord with chores and that's what he came to their home Monday morning to do.
"He went over there to fix the car and he told me he fixed it and he was going to go home," Ortiz said.
Deputies say Rivera left the home and then came back with a knife demanding money.
"He was told there was no money to provide and continued to advance into the residence. That's when the homeowner fired a round as a warning and a
second round hitting the suspect," Captain Angelo Nieves with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
While deputies say it appears the confrontation started over money, Rivera's loved ones disagree.
Rivera's wife did say the couple owed this month's rent.
It's too soon to know if charges will be filed against the homeowner. Deputies say once their investigation is complete it will be turned over to the
state attorney's office for review.