Good Samaritan shot while trying to help family during home invasion

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by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 12:10 AM

HOUSTON – It’s often said, and sometimes even true, no good deed goes unpunished. A 28-year-old Houston man is living proof of that.

“He shot me in the leg, and just held the gun to my face. He didn’t have to say anything. The look on his face said it all. You move and I’ll kill you,” the victim said.

He doesn’t want his identity revealed, because the man who pulled the trigger is still on the loose.

It happened in the 7400 block of Antoine at 4 a.m. Four gunmen wearing masks kicked in the front door exploded into the home of Jose Espinoza, as his wife and children slept.

“When he heard them coming he locked the bedroom door, so he would have time to escape and go get help,” said Espinoza’s son, William.

He climbed out a window and ran through the neighborhood knocking on doors, but no one would answer. That when Espinoza took to the streets, flagging down a car driven by someone he’d never met.

“He’s screaming, ‘Help me! Help me! They’re inside my house. They’ve got my family,’” the Good Samaritan said.

“He was like call 911, but the guy insisted on helping,” said Espinoza.

And help he did, scuffling with one of the suspects as they fled. But it was something he saw moments earlier, that seems to bother him more than getting shot.

“I glanced inside and these guys had his wife and kids, and they had them on their knees execution style, and two of the guys had guns at their heads,” said the young hero.

“I’m very grateful for him, and I’m sorry he had to go through the shock,” said Espinoza.

“Anybody else would do it, not just me,” said the Good Samaritan.

In this day and age, that’s not necessarily the case.

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