The car stopped a short distance away and the guard so the thief get out of the car and reach into his waistband producing what he thought was a firearm. The guard drew his gun and fired. The thief jumped back in the car and fled the scene.
Police responding to the guard's 911 call found the getaway vehicle and the suspect - on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. No weapon was found at the scene although the car was found to be a stolen vehicle.
Three more men are believed to be accomplices.
This seems pretty clear cut right? But we're talking California here. Despite recognition of the fact that the criminals tried to run the guard over and appeared to present a weapon, San Jose Police officer Albert Morales had this to say:
"It's always a concern when citizens take the law into their own hands," Morales said. "We don't know the circumstances they are presented with during the time they are making these confrontations with suspects. In this incident, this person felt his life was in danger and discharged his firearm. It is something as a police department we worry about when you have people arming themselves."
This shouldn't be shocking since this is the same Albert Morales who, as we posted back in November when a San Jose jewelry store owner fought back against robbers, said about citizens defending themselves:
"We don't recommend it. We would have preferred that they just go ahead and comply with the request or demands of the robbers..." because the criminals just wanted material goods and criminals never hurt anyone apparently.
What do you folks think?