Nathan May said he faced a loaded gun and had to make up his mind instantly whether to hand over his jewelry or put up a fight.
The robber was killed in the tussle, which may have lasted only seconds.
May, 29, was left shaken but uninjured.
“I took a risk by defending myself,” said May, who said he works in real estate. “It was a gun fight, and I basically won. We went back and forth with his weapon.”
Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have yet to name the man slain or the shooter. But in a telephone interview from his residence in Conch Key Villas, in the 400 block of Northeast First Street, May said he was the resident involved.
“It was self-defense,” May said. “I was in fear for my life. It was a crazy situation that happened very fast. It was either him or me.”
May said he had spent the evening at a local nightclub — which he declined to name — and was followed home by one or perhaps two men in a dark car. He was accosted about 5:15 a.m. as he pulled up to his garage, which runs east-west between two rows of two-story townhouses in the complex.
May said he exchanged no angry words at the club. “The guy just saw me as an opportunity to make a financial gain,” he said. “I had some jewelry on.”
Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said: “He was able to wrestle the gun away from that would-be robber, according to the man, and he shot that [would-be robber] who is dead in his driveway.”
Deputies are seeking seeking a second man who may have…