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"He did exactly what he needed to do."
Police in Houston arrested an alleged burglar after one officer claimed to have a K-9 and then made barking noises to scare the suspect into surrendering.
Roland Azcuy was working at his repair shop when he spotted a man trying to break into a house across the street. Azcuy, who was armed with a pistol, pulled his gun, dialed 911 and stayed on the phone with the dispatcher while keeping an eye on the suspect, KHOU-TV reported.
"I said, 'I'm ready to go in.' But they told me just to stay back. So, I did. HPD showed up, and they caught him," Azcuy said.
But before police arrested him, one officer did something to spark a little more fear into the alleged burglar. Azcuy said one of the officers told the suspect that he had a K-9 with him while another of them began to bark like a dog.
"The guy hit the ground," Azcuy said of the suspect the moment the officer began barking. "He laid down. They handcuffed him and brought him out."
Police have not yet established the suspect's identity.
One officer later told KHOU-TV that he wasn't the one barking and suggested it could have been his partner, who "can pretty well sound like a pretty bad dog."
HPD Officer Orus Baldwin added the incident is an example of a concealed carry gun-owner doing the right thing so that nobody gets hurts.
"There's a lot of publicity about people who are armed and things go wrong," Baldwin said. "This guy secured the scene until we got here. He had no interest in hurting the burglar or bringing harm to him. He did exactly what he needed to do."
But Azcuy wasn't the only one armed and ready to defend his neighbor. Another neighbor, 78-year-old Ida McGregor, wasn't about to let the suspect get away.
"I said the suspect is still in the house, and I want him out, and I want him in handcuffs," McGregor told KTRK-TV. "If he come out that door, I was going to beat him across his legs and across his knees with my walking cane."
McGregor, who has lived on the same street since 1973, said she and Azcuy are tired of their homes being targeted and do all they can to look out for one another and protect each other's property.
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