When a homeowner was ambushed by two armed intruders, he and his mother were soon on the losing end of a vicious encounter. Both victims were reportedly pistol-whipped after the burglars, based on evidence found at the scene, arrived at the home and attempted to portray themselves as police officers.
According to Atlanta-area resident Timo Hernandez, his mother was visiting from out of town when the their dinner was interrupted Wednesday evening by a knock at the door.
“When I opened the door,” he said,” these two guys stormed in with guns and started pistol-whipping me and took me to the ground.”
Reports indicate one intruder hit and kicked his mother, who suffered a heart attack during the attack. Hernandez said the other forced him to a bedroom where the gunman demanded money.
“He put a gun to my head, and I just started fighting back,” he recalled.
Fortunately, it was in that bedroom that his father had stored a hunting rifle, which Hernandez was able to grab during the altercation. He shot both burglars as they attempted to run out of the home they had just forced their way into.
One got as far as a neighboring yard before he died. The other was able to flee in a car, but he only made it to a nearby restaurant. He died at a nearby hospital the next day.
While he regrets the loss of life that transpired, Hernandez made it clear that he believes he and his mother owe their lives to the presence of a gun in the home.
“I feel like if I hadn’t had a gun in there,” he concluded, “this whole news story would be about me and my mother being dead in this house.”