A 33-year-old man was shot to death after allegedly breaking into a Moreno Valley home last week, authorities said Thursday.
Joseph Ortega of Moreno Valley was found with a gunshot wound when deputies responded to a call about a burglary in progress, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. It occurred about 12:30 a.m. on June 29, in the 24000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue, near Heacock Street.
Ortega was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in serious condition. He was pronounced dead on Thursday.
The resident, 93-year-old Joe Howard Teague, told deputies that he had several suspects at gunpoint. A witness said that several people fled the scene on foot just before deputies arrived.
Teague was taken to the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station for questioning, but not arrested.
A self-described friend of Teague told ABC7, “They’ve been breaking in very often.”
“So, he was tired of this. Every time he calls the police, the police was taking forever to come and assist him. He took the law in his own hands. I don’t blame Joe, he’s been working all his life. Whatever little things he has, he needs to protect them.”