A series of carjackings came to a dramatic end on Wednesday night in Lehigh Acres when a courageous homeowner put an end to the crime spree. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Ja’Darian Graham, was shot dead by a relative during a shootout.

The crime spree began at the Lee Blvd. Plaza, where Graham attempted to carjack a vehicle but was unsuccessful as the occupants refused to surrender. In response, he fired his weapon into the ground, indicating his willingness to use force.

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Undeterred by his failed attempt, Graham then seized control of another vehicle at the same plaza. However, he inexplicably abandoned the car in the middle of the road on Lee Blvd. and Hazlewood Ave., fleeing on foot to a nearby gas station.

Graham’s third carjacking took place at the Exon gas station, where he entered a car but was unable to operate the stick shift. In frustration, he resorted to firing shots into the car’s hood before fleeing on foot once again.

Finally, Graham successfully stole a car from the Lehigh Discount Liquor Store on Homestead Rd, making a getaway as law enforcement remained hot on his trail.

Investigators revealed that Graham drove approximately seven miles to a relative’s house on Johns Ave. Upon arrival, he brazenly drove into the front yard and started firing shots at the house. While a woman managed to escape through the back, a heroic male resident remained inside.

A tense confrontation unfolded inside the house, resulting in a shootout between Graham and the homeowner. The homeowner, in an act of self-defense, ultimately managed to take down Graham, ending his violent spree once and for all. The homeowner sustained a gunshot wound to his arm during the exchange.

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Sheriff Carmine Marceno of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office hailed the homeowner as a hero for his brave actions. Despite being shot, the homeowner mustered the strength to defend his home and protect his life.

Sheriff Marceno expressed his dismay at the incident, noting that Graham had no prior criminal record, leaving investigators puzzled as to his motive. The sheriff assured the community that they would do everything necessary to ensure their safety, emphasizing that such behavior would not be tolerated.

As investigators continue their work, including awaiting the results of a toxicology report on Graham, the victim of the initial carjacking expressed her ongoing fear. The anonymous victim, who works as an Uber driver, vividly recounted the terrifying moments when Graham ambushed her with both a handgun and an assault-style rifle, demanding that she exit the vehicle.

Recalling the incident, the victim said, “I thought he was going to kill me. Every time I close my eyes, I see it; I see the moment.” Despite the relief of Graham’s demise, the victim remains shaken by the traumatic experience.

The incident serves as a reminder of the courage and determination exhibited by law-abiding citizens in defending their homes and communities against criminal acts. With the perpetrator no longer a threat, the residents of Lee County can find solace in the swift action taken by one brave homeowner to restore peace and safety to their community.

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