Homeowner Shoots At Robbers, Kills One

DETROIT (WWJ) – A west side Detroit neighborhood is rattled after a suspected car thief is shot and killed Tuesday morning.

The shooting took place on Horatio Street near I-94 and Livernois, where a homeowner said he observed two suspects breaking into cars.

Hector Martinez told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas after being targeted about three times in the last two months by thieves, he and his family got fed up and took action.

When Martinez looked outside and found two suspects in his 1998 custom Chevy Blazer parked in the backyard, he knew he had to do something.

“They busted out the rear window. Fortunately, it was after… we took everything out that we already had in there,” Martinez said. “We took everything out so they couldn’t take anything but apparently that didn’t stop them from trying to search.”

Martinez said one of the suspects was head-first in the vehicle, with his feet hanging outside the rear window.

“One guy was half way in there with his feet sticking out and the other guy was, you know, just watching,” Martinez said.

Martinez told police he fired warning shots into the air to scare the would-be-robbers away, but when one suspect returned to pick up something he dropped, the homeowner shot at the suspect.

“We just fired off warning shots and it wasn’t up until when the cops came that they told us that one of them was dead and one of them was injured,” Martinez said.

According to police, the 26-year-old suspect who was shot drove himself to I-96 and Livernois, where he passed out and died.

Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for updates on this report.

Comments

One Comment

  1. liberty says:

    Whats sad, is that we’ll have the mothers of these 3 punks saying how good their children were/are. We need more responsible citizens to not back down from these kinds of lowlifes.

    1. SICKOFIT says:

      YOU GUYS ARE ALL IRRELIVENT ITS FUNNY WEN PEOPLE TALK AND DONT HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THERE TALKIN ABOUT LIKE I SAID STOP POSTING COMMENTS BOUT MY BROTHER WE DONT NEED UR B.S SAVE IT FOR THE BIRDS

      1. getajob says:

        your brother should of been at home with his family not out stealing with his girl.. god don’t like ugly.. sorry for your lost but when you do a crime you pay…

      2. getajob says:

        Your sick of the truth your brother got just what he was looking for, how is he going to be out @ 2:30 am with his pregnant baby mama and expect people to stand by and allow a looser to steal thier hard earn property… people do know what we are talking about ya’ll retarted ass people who steal and go around doing wrong are the one who need to save shi___ for the birds.. get real jobs.. and noone would have to shoot ur azzes..

  2. Jim says:

    He ony shot and killed one? He had a chance to knock off all three punks. That is the only way to eliminate these criminals. And yes, the mamas will say they were good boys. Of course, one lost her income provider. I’m just sayin’.

  3. christina says:

    Rob was a good friend,son & father to his kid’s. Everyone who knew him, love him and alway’s will.. The only criminal is the one who took his life.. No one has the right to take a life. To me, you two our some lowlife’s for saying that about someone you did’nt know.. They lost a son & dad. Not an income provider, you dont know what the hell ur sayin

    1. Jim says:

      Like i said, he is a criminal, and that was his job. And sometimes the job kills. Now lady, take care fo this “good” boy’s kids. I do know what I’m sayin’.

    2. GETAJOB says:

      HOW IS SOMEONE A CRIMINAL? FOR DEFENDING THIER BELONGINGS SOMETHING THEY WORKED HARD TO GET, AND SOMEONE WAS TRING TO TAKE IT! WOULD YOU LET SOMEONE TAKE YOUR SH_T? COME ON HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS GETTING INTO BEFORE HE WENT OUT HE HAD HIS BABY MOTHER WITH HIM AND SHE IS EXPECTING A CHILD.. GREAT PARENTS…TO DO A CRIME IS TO BE A CRIMINAL.. THAT YOUNG MAN WAS DEFENDING HIS BELONGING.. HE IS NO CRIMINAL..

  4. ronnie says:

    If I had of caught the punks that broke in my house and took my 2 flat screens they sould have caught a bullet. The police should have issued a search warrent for his mothers (and the various baby mamas) homes to check for other stolen property & the get away driver (pregnant girlfriend should have been arrested for aiding in robbery. Dont tell me what a good man this loser was. Glad he’s good & dead , maybe less break ins in area

  5. FAMILY says:

    LOOK YOU LOWLIFE JUCK, YOU DID’NT KNOW HIM AND YOU DONT KNOW US. SO GO FU_K OFF AND DIE SOME WERE.. HE DID’NT TAKE ANYTHING FROM ANYONE.. GET UR SH_T RIGHT…..

  6. GRANNY POOPS says:

    GLAD THE HOMEOWNER SHOT THE ROBBER
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com

  7. GETAJOB says:

    LOWLIFE WHY? CAUSE THE ROBBER WAS CAUGHT TRING TO STEAL AND THE HOMEOWNER DEFENDED HIS PROPERTY.. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF SOMEONE WAS TRING TO STEAL YOUR SH_T? TO TOP IT OFF BABY MAMA WAS WITH HIM..GREAT PARENTS JAJAJA!! HE SHOULD OF HAD A REAL JOB NOT TRING TO STEAL FROM REAL PEOPLE WHO DO WORK… I’VE BEEN A VICTIM COME MY WAY AND I WILL DO THE SAME TO ALL YOU RATS WHO STEAL…

  8. jetajob says:

    Its about time someone put thier hands up to what they belive on kil them all for stealing

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