When Robert Rodriguez and his wife awoke to an intruder in the bedroom of their Austin, Texas, home, he used his own firearm to ward off the suspect until law enforcement arrived.
Rodriguez told CBS Austin that 32-year-old Richard Brent Prieto kicked the door in, and he heard someone talking but thought it was his son. However, after his wife nudged him, he woke up and saw Prieto standing in their room with a knife in his hand.
Prieto reportedly was mumbling strange things and told him that his wife was under the house, that Chuck Norris was waiting for him, and that he was having a hard time. Rodriguez, who is a former sheriff’s deputy, slowly reached for his gun and, with the firearm pointed at Prieto, told him to drop the knife.
“I had every right to kill him. I was ready and I swear I would have,” the homeowner told CBS Austin. “Had he come at me I was ready. I had my gun fully loaded with 15 in the clip and one in the chamber, so it was ready to go.”
Rodriguez explained that legally — since the man was in his house — he had the right to protect his family, but he’s glad he didn’t have to pull the trigger.
“In my case, I felt with my training I was more in control than he was and I had my weapon on him the whole time from the moment I pulled my gun to the moment the police came and took over,” he explained to CBS Austin.
If Prieto had a gun, Rodriguez believes he would have killed him. The 32-year-old was charged with burglary of habitation with intent to commit assault.