Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Texas: Homeowner: I shot intruder who was kicking my bedroom door

Houston, Texas

From TXCN of October 13, 2009
Homeowner: I shot intruder who was kicking my bedroom door

A Harris County man who shot an intruder in his home said pulling the trigger is the most difficult decision anyone can make.

“It’s a weird feeling,” Jorge Guzman said as he walked through his bullet-riddled home on Lima Drive. “I don’t care who it is or who they think they are, when you’re in that position, it’s totally different.”

The break-in occurred in the early morning hours last Monday. Only Guzman and his uncle were home at the time.

The chilling encounter was captured in a call to 911.

“Please, they’re breaking the windows,” Guzman told a dispatcher.

Guzman, who had barricaded himself in a back bedroom with a handgun, described the scene as it unfolded to dispatchers.

“I hear somebody in the house. They’re trying to open the door. Hurry! Please hurry,” he said.

The dispatcher continued to reassure Guzman that sheriff’s deputies were on the way. At one point, Guzman was instructed to lay down his weapon.

“Go and put your gun down because if you hear anything, it’s going to be the deputies,” the 911 dispatcher insisted.

Then, moments later, the sound of gunfire was caught on tape.

Guzman told 11 News he fired the shots because the intruder was trying to kick down the door to his bedroom.

“As soon as he put his foot there, that’s when I shot, because he had a big tattoo on his face and when the lady was telling me that’s the sheriff’s department, when he came into that door I said that’s not the sheriff’s department,” Guzman said.

Guzman said once he shot the suspect, the 19-year-old ran around his home trying to find a way to get out.

Deputies arrested the wounded suspect, along with a woman they say drove his getaway car.

Guzman is just happy to put the incident behind him.

“You don’t know what’s on the other side of that door,” said Guzman.

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