Typically stories about United States citizens who take to heart their constitutional right to keep and bear arms — and who use their guns to protect themselves and loved ones — involve civilians.
But this time the good guy with a gun turned out to be a Florida city official — and the result was the same as it's been in so many of these instances: Bad news for the bad guy.
Palmetto police spotted a possibly impaired driver about 10 p.m. Thursday and attempted to pull over the vehicle — but the driver sped away instead, police told the Bradenton Herald.
The suspect, Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez, crashed into a home a few blocks away and ran off, the paper reported.
Police caught his passenger, the Herald said, and then placed a perimeter around the neighborhood in search of Vasquez-Perez.
Vasquez-Perez climbed a fence into Palmetto Commissioner Brian Williams' backyard and broke into Williams' garage in an apparent attempt to hide from police, the paper said.
But Williams' daughter lives next door and spotted Vasquez-Perez and called her dad, the Herald reported.
With that, Williams armed himself — and then heard Vasquez-Perez trying to enter his kitchen from the garage, the paper said.
Williams confronted Vasquez-Perez, who tried pushing past and punching the homeowner, the Herald reported.
But Williams pushed Vasquez-Perez back — and then shot him twice, Chief of Police Scott Tyler told the paper.
"He was lawfully defending home and family," Tyler added to the Herald.
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Vasquez-Perez surrendered to police and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery, the paper said, adding that as of Friday, he was in stable condition and was expected to recover.
What did Williams have to say?
"I am glad that everything turned out the way it did," Williams told the Herald. "I guess he is doing OK, and we are happy and glad that no one in my family was hurt."
Vasquez-Perez is facing charges of resisting arrest without violence, burglary and battery in addition to traffic citations, the paper said.