Former U.S. Marine and SpaceX employee Eric Walters was asleep in his Hewitt, Texas, home around 1:45 a.m. Friday when he heard a knock at the door. Immediately suspicious, he grabbed a weapon, but when he saw only one man through the peephole, he decided to crack the door to ask what he wanted.
A second man then ran around the corner toward him with his gun drawn. At that point, Walters’ training kicked in: Knowing he wouldn’t have time to aim and fire, he slammed the door, then fired six rounds through it toward the suspects. The two ran away and remain at large, but Walters—who says he was trying to protect his wife and children, one of whom is only seven weeks old—believes they got the message.
“If you’re going to try to harm me by force, you’re going to have to deal with force as well,” he said.