After police failed to find the suspects, they emerged from hiding and attempted to burgle a third home, according to locals. The owner of the third home fired a gun at the three men, missing them. Then, according to witnesses, the 23-year-old and his brother ran outside -- the former wielding a hunting rifle, which he fired at the fleeing robbers. The shots hit the 43-year-old, who died instantly.
“I thought they would kill my mother; my mind snapped when I saw the knife held against her neck,” he was quoted as telling his lawyer. On Thursday, the lawyer of the 23-year-old said the gun went off accidentally in his client’s hands as he was running.