Home invasion suspect critically injured, suffers gun wound after confrontation with victim

Home invasion victims fight back

TAMPA - A home invasion robbery suspect is in critical condition after a confrontation with the victim left him with cuts and a gunshot wound Wednesday, according to Tampa Police.

The incident happened minutes before midnight on the 10100 block of N. 10th St.

Tampa police say so far their investigation is showing that the invasion was completely random.

Police have named the suspect as 26-year-old Nartavleon Evans.

During the home invasion, Clifford Ray says he was woken up by a knock at the door, and when he went to answer it, a gun was pointed in his face.

"I was like 'What do you want?  We ain't got nothing.  I have money in my pocket, why don't you just take that?"

A scuffle ensued between Gray and Evans, according to police, and it ended up involving Gray's roommate who was home at the time.

Gray's apartment was still thrashed when an ABC Action News crew showed up.

Blood was on the ground and bullet holes were in the ceiling.

"It was a struggle. That's why they knocked everything there down. The struggle went from right over there to there," Gray said, as he motioned that they were struggling for the gun.

"It's a fight now, you know what I'm saying? He's busting -- we're still fighting over the gun and he's still squeezing off rounds," Gray said.

Clifford Gray says he grabbed a machete he had in the house and had some blows on Evans, who suffered some deep lacerations.

Gray and his roommate were able to wrestle the gun away and they said they shot Evans at least once in self-defense.

Police showed up soon after and hauled Evans off to Tampa General.

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