A man was alerted one evening just after midnight by his daughter that a home intruder wearing nothing but shorts had broken into her room.
Instinctively, the father grabbed his firearm. Arthur Corral – a father of five and resident of Ontario, California – armed himself with a shotgun and confronted the half-naked home intruder who appeared confused.
According to Corral, when he saw the stranger he got “complete tunnel vision.” He told the 911 dispatcher that if the man showed any signs of aggression, “I will protect myself.” He noted to NBC Los Angeles, “I didn’t know I hit him until he fell on the floor.” Corral had shot the half-naked stranger three times after he didn’t comply with the homeowner’s commands not to move.
The home intruder – identified as 32-year-old Jose Andres Alfaro Chavez – had just been released from jail the day before after being charged with driving without a license and providing false information to police.
According to relatives, Chavez lives with his mother. But the day of the break in, neighbors saw him walking around shoeless and wearing nothing but shorts.
Neighbor Ana Zambrano told NBC Los Angeles that she and her family fed him, and when he asked if he could stay with them, they told him he couldn’t. At that point, he left and walked around the neighborhood, jiggling door handles to people’s houses, allegedly in search of food and water. One neighbor had called the police after Chavez had jiggled his front door handle. Since the man didn’t appear to be violent, police responded to the calls, picked up Chavez and took him to his mother’s house.
Others noted that he appeared to be on drugs.
At some point, he left his mother’s house and wandered to the Corral’s house where he was shot. Chavez survived his gunshot wounds and is expected to recover. Once he’s recovered, police will question him as to his side of the story.