STOCKTON, CA - A man scared off a would-be robber by firing his rifle at the suspect Tuesday morning.
The 63-year-old man was taking out the garbage around 10:37 a.m. on the 100 block of East Clay Street, when he saw that his garage door was open, Stockton police said.
The man went back inside and watched as the suspect walked out of the garage carrying a latter. Police said the man got his phone and .22 caliber rifle and then confronted the suspect.
As the man called 911, he told the suspect to get on the ground about five times. Police said the suspect yelled back at the man, "I'm gonna kill you."
The man, fearing for his life, fired four shots about 10 feet in front of suspect. The suspect then ran from the scene.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s to early 50s, 5'10" to 6' tall, weighing 150 to 160 pounds, and had a black beard with some gray mixed in. He was last seen wearing a green puffy hooded jacket and faded blue jeans.
Anyone with information is urged to call Stockton police at (209) 937-8377.