- Special Agent Donald Wells first met the man earlier that day on Sunday
- Wells had been struggling to move a laundry machine into his home
- The man saw him and offered to help after they agreed on a price
- Suspect returned to his home that night and claimed he lost his phone
- When Wells returned from searching the man pulled a knife, police said
- Wells then shot the man once in the upper torso, critically injuring him
An off-duty Florida Homeland security agent shot a man who allegedly tried to rob the officer with a large knife on the front door step of his home on Sunday.
Special Agent Donald Wells of the Department of Homeland Security had met the man earlier that day as he struggled to move a new washing machine into his Springfield home, police said.
The robbery suspect, reportedly a neighbor, saw Wells and offered to help him transport the machine around 2pm that afternoon.
The two men agreed on a price and Wells paid him after they carried it upstairs his second-story home, according Assistant Chief Scott Dingee of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Off-duty Homeland security agent Donald Wells shot a man who allegedly tried to rob him with a large knife on the front doorstep (pictured is an officer investigating the scene) of his Springfield, Florida home on Sunday
Wells shot the man on his doorstep (pictured) once in the upper torso, critically injuring him
Dingee said the man then returned to Wells’ home that night around 10.30pm and told the agent he had lost his cell phone there earlier that day.
Wells left the man at the front door and went inside his house to look for the phone.
The officer then returned to the front door to tell the man he could not find his phone. That’s when the man pulled out a large knife and attempted to rob Wells, according to police.
Wells grabbed his gun and shot the man once in the upper torso area, leaving him in critical condition.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police said they have not yet confirmed the man’s identity. They plan to charge him with armed robbery.
Authorities do not believe the man knew Wells was a law enforcement officer.
Wells met the man, reportedly from the neighborhood (pictured), earlier that day as he struggled to move a new washing machine into his Springfield home, police said