Garden Grove Homeowner Shoots & Injures Suspected Burglar

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.

Garden Grove Homeowner Shoots, Injures Suspected Burglar
Garden Grove Homeowner Shoots, Injures Suspected Burglar

USA –-( KTLA TV 5 reports 08-03-18 in Garden Grove, California, an incident began around 11:30 a.m. when the homeowner returned to his residence in the 13000 block of Rosita Place and discovered two men jumping into the back yard, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney.

A witness said the homeowner is his cousin and they were together when the homeowner saw two suspects coming out of a home located behind his carrying two bags. The resident challenged them with “What are you guys doing in my backyard?”

The intruders denied coming from his backyard. The homeowner, who was armed, pulled a gun out and tried to detain the two men. They, in turn, attacked the homeowner and tried to disarm him.

One of the two suspects was carrying a safe that he refused to drop throughout the scuffle. A shot went off during the fight, which in turn caused that intruder (We’ll call him suspect #1) to try to escape on foot.

Other neighbors tackled him and held him down until police arrived. Responding Officers took that suspect into custody.

The homeowner told investigators that suspect #1 might have been shot, but still managed to get into a black Lincoln Navigator with paper plates. The SUV was then driven away by a third suspect.

The second suspect, who was left behind, was identified as 36-year-old Long Beach resident and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Detectives were working to locate the first suspect and the getaway driver.

Investigators searching the house behind the homeowner’s house found a sliding glass window had been smashed and the house was ransacked.


Wow, the apparently unarmed suspects attack an armed homeowner to attempt to take his firearm.

Fortunately, they did not manage to take his firearm.

Suspect #2 jumps into their SUV, apparently driven by a third suspect and they drive away. No information given on what happened to the safe.

Tactical note; there are often more opponents than you can see.

These two bad guys leave their partner behind. So much for honor among thieves. Clearly reasonable for the homeowner to pull his gun facing two opponents, but maybe not legal?

My guest, California Attorney Don Green, expressed the view that this intervening neighbor is likely in big legal trouble due to strict CA laws about shooting at fleeing subjects who are no longer a danger.

Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.

As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State, and local courts.

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Clark Kent

So are those who can’t figure out the ‘caps lock’ key.


Take Browns family and his HEAVILY armed body guards away and watch the idiot turn bitch without protection for himself and family. Looking at this crooks facial picture it’s not hard to distinguish an illegal (the crook) from a TRUE AMERICAN CITIZEN. This is what Californians asked for and they will pay dearly for what they asked for. Very very stupid people!! Wanted to take my family on a vacation before this crime infested jungle of illegals took over the STATEALONG with a hole Brown mot now not ever!!

American Patriot

Yeap….Lets just lock-up the shooter and the D.A. can cut a check to the victims of 2 mil each to help the criminals with there traumatization of being faced with a deadly “assault” weapon for just robbing a home…..Criminals are just NOT safe anywhere even in the santuary state of Moonbeam he!!


How sad; At one time Garden Grove was a great place to live; My grand parents and great uncles lived, one Uncle had a wrecking yard there and a second uncle lived there for years. My parents lived there also. There is NO WAY I would NOW live in that area, saw the NASTY changes when I would visit my mother and lately when my brother passed away. It made me extremely GLAD that I moved out of that socialist run state in 1979.


The story as written says the two thieves attacked the homeowner in his own backyard, and that a shot went off during the scuffle, which, apparently, caused them to flee. He did not fire as they retreated. Garden Grove is in Orange County, whcih county finally got smart as the Peruta case began to turn toward respecting gun rights of Californians. The Sheriff at the time, a woman as I recall, decided to begin following a Shall Issue policy on their Mother May I Cards. Likely this GG homeowner managed to get one of those when they were available. Have… Read more »

Big Lou

I left 8 years ago. I only go back to visit my family. Even then i still carry. My brother is a sheriff in LA county, so i don’t worry about it. One day I’m going to get my ccw for California but i don’t visit much these days.

Kevin Cote

Oh gee , what a complete suprise some south of the border piece of s–t is caught doing crime .
If you dont all start forcing your servants into obedience , then expect more of this bulls–t . Honest , hard working Americans being arrested and prosecuted for defending themselves and their homes and buisnesses , others and even so called law enforcement is a God given Right…codified in all the Constitutions….WTF is going on here ?


But you don’t understand; these bad guys vote the Democratic ticket and they need them for that. So it goes: anything for the vote!


South of the border? Where did you deduce that?

Clark Kent

Exactly how many ‘Constitutions’ do we have?


It is a sad day when honest citizens are prosecuted for being honest citizens and stopping crime. This is reason #234 why I left Commiefornia over 20 years ago.