A 93-year-old Second Amendment patriot has responded after shooting a violent home intruder, noting that the suspect came to “a gunfight with a pocket knife.”
Homeowner Joe Howard Teague said a group of intruders invaded his home in Moreno Valley, California shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Teague said he shot one of the suspects and added that “he didn’t quite make it.”
In an ABC News video, Teague explains what led up to the shooting.
Teague indicated more than one suspect was trying to break into the home and he grabbed his gun and “approached them to put them under citizen’s arrest.”
He said, “They wouldn’t adhere to that and one of them come at me with a fishing pole and they kept throwing stuff at me, just like, you know, it was like somebody comes to a gunfight with a pocket knife.”
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ABC News reports that Teague is a retired plumber.
He called 911 at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to let the police know he was holding the suspects at gunpoint.
Deputies arrived to find that one of the suspects, 33-year-old Joseph A. Ortega, had been shot.
He was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators indicate there were, in fact, “several individuals” on Teague’s property when Ortega was shot.
However, Teague scared off the would-be thief’s accomplices, according to authorities.
Teague was questioned by police, then released.