A Toledo, Ohio, burglar called 911 after being shot by the homeowner whose house he was breaking into.
Antione Garret, 34, and his girlfriend were awakened by the sound of glass breaking early last Thursday morning, Toledo News Now reported. Garrett ran downstairs with his handgun to find Randy Estrada, 21, climbing inside the front window. Garret fired several shots, and Estrada fled the way he had come.
Garret, uninjured, then called the police to tell them he had fired shots at a man who had entered his home. It is not confirmed whether he knew he had struck Estrada.
A short while later, at 5:21 a.m., the police received a call from Estrada, saying he had been shot while walking down the street. He was taken to the hospital from his home for non-life threatening injuries. He had been hit in the leg, the Toledo Blade reported.
The connection between the alleged victim and the burglary soon became clear to authorities, due to the time and proximity of the two 911 calls.
Estrada was arraigned yesterday, according to the Toledo Blade. He is charged with one count of burglary, with bond set at $10,000 at the Toledo Municipal Court. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 22.
No charges have been brought against the homeowner. Guns.com reported that Ohio state law has a “stand your ground” policy, in which a person has “no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense.”
“If someone’s breaking into your house and you fear for your safety, you have the right to defend yourself and your family,” said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department. “And in this case, that’s what we believe Mr. Garret has done.”