Pregnant woman shoots at two men breaking into home

The victim of a home invasion in Palmview Saturday asked Action 4 not to show her face on camera. She told us she never wanted to have a gun around the house, but after this ordeal, she's glad she had protection by her side.

A standoff in south Palmview Saturday afternoon put a neighborhood on high alert. Police and SWAT blocked off the 7100 block of PTJ Drive as they negotiated with two men, who had barricaded themselves inside a home.The standoff ended with brothers Lucas and Jesus Ortiz in handcuffs. Police said just hours earlier, the pair tried to burglarize a home nearby.

Action 4 spoke to the burglary victim, who we'll call "Alex." She told us she heard a man banging loudly on her front door while another walked around to the back.

"I'm a young woman, I'm pregnant, I'm home alone. I'm not going to answer the door - I mean, I know better," said Alex.

Alex said her husband had just left 20 minutes before. Immediately, she knew something wasn't right and made the split decision to grab her husband's handgun.

"By myself with 911 on one hand and the gun on the other and I'm just a nervous wreck. I don't know what to do ...I yelled and I told the 911 'Oh my gosh, he broke in!'"

Alex said she's never felt comfortable with the idea of using a gun.

Still, her husband insisted on showing her how to use one just a few months ago.

"Nervous...It took me a very long time to pull the trigger and he said, 'when you're in a situation like that- you're not going to think twice,'" recalled Alex.

She said that exactly what happened.

Once the men realized Alex was armed and ready to defend her home, they ran back towards their truck.

"The adrenaline kicked in and I just shot at the vehicle," she said.

Alex aimed at the vehicle to scare off the burglars also hoping an identifying mark that would help police track it down.

She adds her intentions were not to shoot the men.

Although reluctant at first, Alex is now thankful her husband taught her to use a gun to help prepare her for the worst.

"I was against him buying a gun maybe 7-8 months ago, but I told him, 'I don't know if I told you, thank you for doing that' because it changed the situation completely," said Alex.

Palmview Police say Lucas and Jesus Ortiz were high on unknown drugs at the time of the burglary and that they are still not being cooperative with the investigation.Click here to follow Ashly Custer on Twitter

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