Most people are unsure what to do when they see couples fighting, even when it becomes violent. At best, we call the police to intervene. But not Paul DeLeon. This brave 53-year-old homeless man was present during a troubling altercation between a man and a young woman outside a liquor store in Fresno, California.
DeLeon is being called a “Good Samaritan” after he stepped in to save the 19-year-old woman, who was being beaten and kicked by her ex-boyfriend. Her attacker pulled up in a white Lexus and proceeded to punch and kick her until DeLeon pepper-sprayed him. DeLeon then ran away.
The man then pursued DeLeon with a gun and shot him in the arm. DeLeon then “grabbed his registered handgun and returned fire, sending multiple rounds toward the suspect,” though it’s “unknown if the suspect was hit,” the FCSO said.
DeLeon believes that the woman would have been beaten to death had he not intervened. “I mean he was kicking her hard too, right in the head, and I couldn’t just stand there and do nothing,” he said. “I grabbed my mace, and I maced him.”
The abusive ex-boyfriend ‘s car was later seen speeding at up 100 mph down Highway 41 in Fresno, before being found abandoned.
The FSCO are still hunting the man who has not been publicly named yet. Both DeLeon and the young woman are expected to make a full recovery.