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Krav Maga Fighter Takes Robber's Gun, Shoots Him, Shoves Him Into Pool

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A Santa Ana man used his Krav Maga skills to disarm an intruder before shooting him in the leg and shoving him into a swimming pool.

Erickson Dumaual told KTLA that he was in bed in his home in the 2500 block of Manly Avenue when two men walked into his room at about 4 a.m. this morning. He said he considers his neighborhood, where he's lived for four years, to be safe, and left the back door open to get some air.

He said one of the men—later identified by police as 19-year-old Bryan Bravo—pointed a gun at his head and told Dumaual to give them any money or valuables he had in the home. He said he told the man that he didn't have anything of great value. When the second man began searching the room, the gunman looked over at his partner. Dumaual used this moment of distraction to his advantage, springing for the gun with both hands.

"It was tough because he tried to pin me. It's a battle, 50-50, who's going to die here?" Dumaual said.

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Dumaual, who has practiced Krav Maga—a self-defense method developed by the Israeli military—for seven years, wrestled with the man. Eventually, he was able to get the gun away from him. While the other man fled, the gunman continued to try to fight him. The fight spilled out of Dumaual's room and onto the back patio, where a glass-top table shattered during the struggle. Dumaual said he believed the intruder must have been on drugs because he wouldn't stop coming at him, even as he yelled at him to stop. Eventually, Dumaual said he had no choice but to shoot him.

"I had to pull the trigger. I didn't want to kill him, I just wanted to shoot him," he said.

Dumaual shot the man in the leg, then pushed him into the swimming pool as he tried to flee. The man was in the pool when policed arrived to arrest him. He was taken to a hospital where his injuries were deemed non-life-threatening. Dumaual suffered minimal cuts to his feet from glass-top table that got shattered in the fight, but is okay otherwise.

The second intruder is still at large, and has been described as a Hispanic man with a shaved head.

Police, of course, do not recommend trying to wrestle a gun away from an intruder. If you're curious, however, he goes to Krav Maga of Orange County.