Californian man branded as a hero after he & # 39; protect his sister against her husband with gun movements by jumping between the couple and shielding her against a bullet & # 39;
- Jose Duran Jr. died on Sunday in a dispute between his sister and her husband
- Duran helped his brother move when Eric Ordonez pulled out a gun
- Focused on his sister, Duran jumped in between them and was shot in the neck
- Ordonez also tried to shoot the gun at Duran's father, but it got stuck, police say
- The suspect has been charged with murder, but the gun has yet to be found
A Californian man was praised this week as a hero after being killed by a bullet destined for his sister.
Jose Duran Jr., 29, helped his sister leave her home from Fresno on Sunday, when her allegedly abusive husband, Eric Ordonez, 32, threw a gun at her, police said.
According to authorities, Duran instinctively jumped between the couple when Ordonez reportedly pulled the trigger off his gun.
The bullet struck Duran in the neck and died on the spot.
Jose Duran Jr. (above), 29, helped his sister leave her home in Fresno on Sunday when he said she was shot by her sister's husband
Eric Ordonez, 32, is believed to have drawn the weapon and aimed at Duran & # 39; s sister before the heroic brother stepped in front of her while pulling the trigger
& # 39; In all respects, José Duran Jr. a hero & # 39 ;, said Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer at a press conference on Wednesday. & # 39; He died protecting his sister and prevented her from being shot and killed. & # 39;
Police said that after photographing Duran, Ordonez aimed the gun at the woman's father, who also supported the move. However, the weapon struck too fast and the suspect fled.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter discovered that Ordonez was hiding in a shed in a neighbor's back yard, less than a mile away in the West Shaw Village apartment complex – an area allegedly plagued by crime.
Ordonez was arrested and will be arrested by Fresno Police for murder from Friday.
Authorities say they are still looking for the alleged murder weapon, which they fear will be found by a child if it is not found.
The bullet killed Duran in the neck and died on the spot
The reported altercation took place in the West Shaw Village apartment complex – an area plagued by crime.
& # 39; We need the gun used in this murder, & # 39; said Dyer. & # 39; Somewhere between the house where this happened … and that shed, that gun was missing. & # 39;
The police believe that Duran's sister, who is not publicly mentioned, is a victim of domestic violence – an insulting trend that has increased by nearly 35 percent over the past year.
About 150 reports of domestic violence have already been submitted this year, according to ABC30.
Officers say they plan to launch an outreach program with community leaders and local residents to discuss ways to combat the sharp increase in domestic violence and help those who are victims of the abuse.