A homeowner in Pico Rivera, Calif., defended himself with a firearm when two alleged gang members attempted to burglarize his home on Sept. 18, 2020.
The incident occurred when the two individuals forced their way in early that Friday morning. The homeowner heard the commotion of the break-in and armed himself with a gun. He came across the first intruder, who had broken through a back window. The homeowner fired, wounding the intruder. The homeowner then went out onto his back patio, where he came across the second intruder.
The homeowner confronted the alleged gang member, who then appeared to reach for a firearm. In response to the intruder’s movements and fearing for his own life, the homeowner shot and killed the individual. The first intruder, wounded, fled the residence and jumped into a getaway car waiting in the street. Police arrived at the burglarized residence around 1:15 a.m.
The getaway driver took the wounded intruder to a hospital for emergency care, where authorities then took the individual into custody.