Victim's Wife Shoots at Home Invaders
Good for "Michelle". Not sure what the husband was thinking when he was yelling "Don't" unless he was possibly in the line of fire. Although I don't think ducking would get me out of the line of a blast of pellets, unless she was very close.HIDALGO COUNTY - Two gunmen involved in a home invasion were chased away by the victim's wife.
"I was in shock. I'm still in shock. I can't believe this happened," she tells us. We're hiding the woman's identity and will call her "Michelle."
She tells us her husband is extremely careful on who he lets on his property. But last night's incident started when the homeowner went outside to close the gate.
According to "Michelle," two masked men pulled into the driveway with guns in hand, demanding drugs and money.
She tells us, "He said, 'I don't have anything. I don't know what you're talking about. I just have children and my wife inside. Y'all need to leave.'"
The men reportedly tried to force "Michelle's" husband to open the door to his home. But the former security guard fought back.
"Michelle" says she was watching it all from inside her home.
She tells us, "I reached for the gun. It was up here. Then I got some shells from in here."
She says, "I keep telling him, 'Duck and I'll shoot! Duck and I'll shoot.' And he said, 'No, don't! Don't!' And I was debating whether to shoot or not."
"Then i just shot that way. The truck was right there."
The shots spooked the intruders and forced them to flee. A tree outside is still marked by the pellets.
"You hear about thing like this happening, but you never think it will happen to you," "Michelle" tells us.
The shotgun was taken by deputies for the investigation. But the couple says they'll be buying another gun.
"We should feel at home in our own home. We shouldn't feel frightened or afraid of anybody. This is our home," says "Michelle."
We learned the couple has a security camera outside. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office needs your help tracking down the suspects. The two Hispanic men were armed with pistols. We're told they were traveling in a low rider, silver-colored Chevy pickup.
If you have any information on this case, call the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office at 668-TIPS.
State law allows a person to use deadly force to defend their property. Texas is also one of several states with a "Stand Your Ground" clause. This means an individual doesn't have to let an intruder or attacker know they intend to use deadly force.