A suspected intruder was shot by a homeowner in Ontario, California, early Tuesday morning after the homeowner found an unknown man in his daughter’s bedroom.
According to KNBC-TV, authorities do not know why the man, 32-year-old Jose Andres Alfaro Chavez, was in the home, but confirmed that he did force his way into the residence owned by Arthur Corral.
Corral, who fired three shots at Chavez, told dispatchers that he was prepared to stand his ground and protect his family. When he confronted the man in his 19-year-old daughter’s bedroom, Corral said Chavez was wearing only shorts.
“I warned him to stay where he was at — he didn’t listen,” Corral told KNBC. “I had complete tunnel vision. I didn’t know I hit him until he fell on the floor.”
Hours prior to the shooting, Chavez was reportedly wandering around the neighborhood, jiggling door handles in search of food and water. Witnesses say he was shoeless and shirtless, carrying only a Bible and jail release papers. According to KNBC, Chavez had been released from jail just one day prior to the incident after he was arrested for driving without a license and providing false information to police.
However, neighbors did not find Chavez to be a threat but confirmed that he was not in his right mind, possibly high on drugs. Still, authorities picked up Chavez and transported him to a residence where he lives with his mother. After police dropped him off, Chavez is believed to have continued wandering various neighborhoods until his confrontation with Corral.
Authorities confirmed that Corral and his family do not know Chavez and are fully cooperating in the investigation.
Chavez is currently in stable condition at the hospital following surgery. Authorities are still waiting to hear his side of Tuesday’s events.
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