HOUSTON—The former Marine and homeowner who opened fired on two would-be robbers Thursday evening said that he did what he had to do because he was afraid for his life.
Around 6:15 p.m., two intruders allegedly broke into a home on the 2000 block of Tuam. The resident, a former Marine, was at home at the time. He asked not to be identified by name.
The homeowner told KHOU that this was the fourth time his house had been broken into but the first time he’d been there when it happened. Someone knocked on his door, he looked out the window and decided not to answer, but they returned later, he said.
"They kicked in the door and came into the foyer area. One of the guys got about halfway into the door and I yelled out at them two or three times that I was home and I had a gun and to go away and they kept coming in. So I fired. I did [what I had to do.] I was afraid for my life," he said.
Both of the men fled. One of them collapsed on the street, where he died, and the other was later found at a hospital.
Despite being a former Marine and retired police officer, yesterday marked the first time the homeowner ever had to fire his gun, he said.