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Homeowner shoots intruder, then uses Facebook to summon help

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It all started in the middle of the day Tuesday when authorities say Johnathan Braden and Timothy Stone were burglarizing a home on Flavian Road in Hernando County.

The homeowners saw them and called deputies. Stone was busted, but Braden got away, and deputies say he didn't lay low for long.

"He went into another home in Citrus County and started to burglarize that home," said Citrus County Sheriff's Office media relations coordinator Heather Yates.

It was less than a mile from the first house. At that point, deputies say 37-year-old Theron Dunn, who lives on the property, heard a rumbling and grabbed a gun.

"What he found inside was Johnathan Braden with a weapon," Yates said.

Surprisingly, Dunn convinced the guy to put his gun down, but that wasn't the end: eventually, they'd get into a physical altercation.

"While he was trying to choke him, the victim realized he had a weapon. He was able to grab that weapon and shoot the suspect," Yates described.

You would think this is where Dunn calls 911, but deputies say he didn't have a cell phone or a landline so instead he turned to social media.

"He ran and got some sort of device and posted a message on Facebook saying, ‘I need help'," Yates said.

Someone saw it and called 911.

"This is the first time we've ever received a 911 call as a result of someone posting on Facebook," she said.

It wasn't ideal but it got the job done.

Dunn hasn't been charged with a crime because officials say he acted in self-defense. The case is still being reviewed.

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