WA Homeowner Shoots and Kills Late Night Intruder
|Incident at a Glance|
|# of Suspects:||1||Shots Fired:||Multiple|
It’s most people’s worst nightmare. It’s the middle of the night and you’re startled from sleep by someone trying to break into your home.
That’s exactly what happened to Rudy Ontiveros Jr. Around 2:30am Ontiveros awoke to someone trying to break into the home he shares with his girlfriend and several young children.
According to The Tri-City Herald, At some point, the suspect, identified as Stephan Sergio Aceves, managed to force his way into the home.
That’s when the situation turned deadly. Ontiveros, who had armed himself with a handgun, opened fire and struck Aceves.
Aceves then tried to flee, but only made it a few steps out the door before collapsing and dying due to his injuries.
Ontiveros is currently not facing any charges in relation to the incident. Ontiveros works as an armed security guard at a nuclear power plant.
Neighbors seemed to be supportive of the homeowner’s actions based on comments made to the Herald,
“The guy has kids. You can’t be messing around with someone’s family,” said Steve Crampton, who lives down the street. “I am sure there are a lot of people armed nowadays. You just never know.”
“The main thing is that he had the presence of mind to protect his family,” she said. “That takes a lot of courage and strength to protect your family like that. I don’t know how I would act in a situation like that.”