Two home intruders met an untimely demise when they attempted to break into a home and got a lot more than they bargained for: a homeowner with a firearm (video below).
Shortly before midnight on June 21, four men reportedly entered a garage in Brentwood, California, intending to steal a safe, neighbor Reggie Nichols told KTVU.
"He's always in the garage," Nichols told KTVU of the shooter. "He's sitting in there watching television, just chilling. So his garage was open, I'm pretty sure. It's always open."
When they entered, they reportedly ordered the homeowner to open his safe for them. But what they didn't know, Nichols said, was that the safe had a loaded gun inside.
That's when the neighbor said the man "came out blasting."
"He got one in front of the garage door, and the other guy made it out to the middle of the street, so he killed two out of four," added Nichols, who told the East Bay Times that he saw a strange car take off after the shooting.
In the video, which Nichols released from his security footage, at least two men can be seen entering the garage before flashes of light go off and the men run out, being chased by the armed homeowner, who continues to fire at them.
"I think he had the right to do what he did," Nichols said, according to KGO. "Like I said, I've seen him. He was really shook up. I don't think he wanted to do it but he felt like his life was in danger."
The local police department did not release the names of the suspects, though officers said that the men were in their thirties and came from the nearby town of Antioch, notes the East Bay Times. It is not yet known if the robbers and the homeowner knew each other.
"The preliminary information shows it to be a home-invasion robbery," confirmed Brentwood police Lt. Walter O'Grodnick, according to the East Bay Times. "Two suspects. One with a firearm. They presented a threat, and the shooting was prompted in self-defense."
This is the first reported killing in the city since police investigated a murder-suicide between a married couple more than five years ago.
"I'm ticked off, because this kind of stuff doesn't happen around here," Nichols said. "It's a good neighborhood. It's been a really long time since something like this."