Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County acting Sheriff says this all started at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when a 22-year-old in the house heard someone trying to break down the front door. He went and got a gun from another part of the house, then returned, and deputies say a gun battle ensued.
Investigators believe this was an attempted home invasion. When deputies arrived at the scene they found two suspects suffering from gunshot wounds. One of those suspects is dead, the other was still in surgery late Tuesday morning.
The 22-year-old suffered numerous gunshot wounds to the upper torso and is said to be recovering.
This all happened while the four children were home alone. Their parents work in the field and were already out of the house at work. The sheriff’s office says the 22-year-old was absolutely fighting for his life and trying to protect his other family members who were 8, 13 and 18 years old.
Small addition-I had missed this on my first view of the video at another news source-The defensive gun was gotten from a safe, at least one indication of a law abiding lifestyle and shows that the gun in a safe does not necessarily make it unavailable for defense in time. This may be one for the books, or later data may upset the whole thing. I’ll be watching for more information as it hopefully becomes available.