- Man was pictured wielding a shotgun and warning looters he would shoot them
- The unnamed vigilante said he was a former SWAT deputy who was protecting his neighborhood
- The footage showed him threatening to open fire, and looters were seen running away
- He was praised by the woman who took the video, which has gone viral
A man claiming to be a former SWAT deputy has been filmed warning a potential looter that he’s not afraid to shoot him in flood-hit Houston.
Armed with a shotgun, he screamed at anyone who approached a Little York Food Mart store, making terrifying threats.
In footage which has since gone viral, the vigilante is seen telling one man: ‘Hey, don’t you go back in that store! I’m telling you one time. I’m not scared to shoot you.’
In the video, the man is seen shouting: ‘Hey, don’t you go back in that store! I’m telling you one time. I’m not scared to shoot ya’
His threats appear to work, as looters are seen running away from the scene.
And another potential looter is warned: ‘I will cut your a** in half. Don’t go in that store no goddamn more!’
The voice of the woman who filmed him is heard praising his actions.
She said: ‘They’re looting the stores and this man out here is trying to literally protect the community.’
Explaining what he was doing, the man said he was ‘protecting the community where I live’
Explaining what he was doing, the man said he was ‘protecting the community where I live’.
He continued: ‘I grew up in this area, I’m a former law enforcement officer, so I understand what the law says. If you’re looting, you’re stealing.’
And the man said Houston needs ‘real men to step up and protect where you live’.
He was also filmed stating that looters should use their energy to rescue people, not to steal.