Ricky Gomez began pounding on the door of a home in central Phoenix at about 11:00pm last Thursday night. He pounded long and hard enough that he broke a window in the door and then let himself in. That was a mistake.
As a next door neighbor notes, the area has a crime problem. From Fox10 . . .
“The light rail is right up there,” said [neighbor Roger] David. “There’s homeless that hang out all around there. They go in the alley. We’ve had incidents with them trying to make homes in the alley, or someone throwing rocks at our house. I’ve had to call police on stuff like that.”
Before his neighbor dialed 911, he shot and killed Gomez who’d just invaded his home were he lives with his wife and two daughters.
In this case, it is unknown if the two children were home during the intrusion.
“I hope they didn’t see that,” said David. “It’s horrible.”
There are no reports of physical injuries to anyone who was inside the home at the time of the incident. No arrests have been made, according to Phoenix Police officials.
No arrests have been made because, by all accounts, this was a textbook case of justified self-defense. When a stranger breaks into your home in the middle of the night, endangering your family, you have every right to defend them and yourself.