A Texas dad fought back against three home intruders on Sunday after they broke into his Houston apartment, demanded money and showed a gun.

The protective father and husband, identified as Javier Ortiz, then pulled his own firearm and shot two of the suspected burglars to death, police said. The third suspect ran for his life.

Ortiz’s wife, Lila Pena, said the three men broke into their home and demanded, “the money, the money.”

Pena told KPRC-TV that her kids witnessed the horrifying incident. The family is understandably shaken up by the attempted robbery, but they are thankful for Ortiz’s heroic action.

“My dad took the gun out, then he shot the two,” Pena’s 7-year-old son said. “He’s a great hero.”

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Police are still searching for the third suspect who was able to escape with his life.

“There was a third suspect that fled the scene. We have very limited information on that person,” said Ivan Ulloa of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division.

KPRC-TV reporter Camille Williams reported police believe Ortiz shot the men in self-defense, but this case will be sent to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for review.

 

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