“My adrenaline was going,” Mendoza said. “I really can’t tell you what happens at that time, but you’re ready to protect your family.”
Police said the suspect broke the window of Mendoza’s truck. “Confronting some guy right in front of you, and it’s your life or his,” Mendoza said.
Police said Alvarez threw a tire-iron at Mendoza before getting into a van and trying to take off. Police said Mendoza then shot out a tire.
In court, a judge told Alvarez that he could have been killed if things went differently.