A California homeowner’s surveillance video cameras outside his residence underscore the stark truth: One never knows when a gun will come in handy.
One of the video cameras next to the front door of the Hesperia home showed a man approaching the door and then repeatedly kicking it. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said it all commenced around 3:30 a.m. Monday, KTTV-TV reported.
The homeowner told the station he and his wife woke up to the pounding and heard the man demanding to be let in.
“I run to the front door to see who it is,” the homeowner later told KTTV, “and then I see him … and he’s trying to kick the door in, demanding to come in, and then I see him pull out a gun.”
The homeowner told the station that he retreated, got his gun, put his wife and child in a closet, and then went back to the front door, where he said he saw the man “aiming” his gun at the door.
Then a 45-second shootout commenced, the homeowner told KTTV, with shots fired by both individuals on either side of the front door.
It turns out Contreras is a neighbor who lives only a few doors from the homeowner, KABC-TV reported, adding that the homeowner said he didn’t know the gunman or have any previous interaction with him.
The homeowner’s residence was left with bullet holes in the walls and doors, KABC noted.