SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An attempted robber was shot twice in the leg by a homeowner in Santa Ana, police said on Friday.
According to the Santa Ana Police Department, officers were sent shortly after 4 a.m. to a home located in the 2500 block of West Manly Avenue for report of a disturbance with shots fired.
Upon their arrival, authorities located a suspect in the swimming pool suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
Paramedics transported the suspect to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
“I didn’t come outside because there was clearly about two or three gunshots that sounded off,” said neighbor Adrian Bernal. “I was looking through my window, there was no one coming out. Minutes later there was an ambulance who showed up.”
A second suspect fled from the home prior to officer’s arrival.
A preliminary investigation revealed the homeowner awoke to find two unknown men in his bedroom.
CBS2’s Michele Gile explained the homeowner, who has training in martial arts, was able to kick the weapon out of one of the suspect’s hand during a brawl.
“I took two hands to the gun and put my shoulder into his chest,” explained homeowner Erickson Dumaul. “The first thing on my mind was to get the gun away so I could shoot these guys in my house.”
According to police, the homeowner shot one of the suspects in his leg, which resulted in a struggle.
The homeowner then pistol-whipped the suspect and unsuccessfully fired off another round.
Officers said the suspect was then pushed into the pool by the homeowner. As he attempted to get out of the water, the homeowner shot him in the leg.
“I pulled the trigger right at his shin,” said Dumaul. “I was aiming at his hand, but his hand was coming up the railing right at me.
At this time, it does not appear that the homeowner sustained injuries during the shooting.
The weapon was recovered from the homeowner.
The investigation is ongoing.