70-year-old Tijeras man shoots, kills home intruder

Tijeras homeowner

A correction has been made to this story.


TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Officials say an elderly Tijeras man attacked by an intruder fought back, shooting that intruder dead.

Friday night neighbors were calling that man a hero.

“He did great,” said Neighbor Jacob Johnson.

“He’s an elderly guy so, that’s a pretty big thing to survive,” said Neighbor Szonja Johnson.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says it was about 5:30 Thursday afternoon when they were called to Campo Road. Deputies say that’s where Sebastian Thompson, 48, broke into a home and attacked a 70-year-old man.

“I heard the cops come, and as it was evening, I tried to go the store, but this entire way was blocked off,” said Neighbor Liam Wilson.

Deputies are not releasing where it happened but neighbors pointed out the home to KRQE News 13. They say seeing deputies surround it left them worried about their neighbor.

“He walks with a cane. He’s kinda a bit older and has some issues. I think that a strong breeze would push him over,” said Jacob Johnson.

BCSO says Thompson attacked the man with a bamboo stick and a hockey stick. The victim suffered a severe head injury but was able to shoot Thompson in the chest, using a .38 caliber hand gun. Thompson died at the scene.

Szonja Johnson said, “Good for him. That’s awesome that he was able to think that fast and he was able to protect himself.”

Wilson said, “The intruder got what he had coming to him.”

Neighbors say this incident should serve as a warning for anyone else considering targeting their community.

“Thank god that he’s armed and you know, most of us up here are. I hope people see this is not a good place to come for sure,” said Jacob Johnson.

BCSO says no arrests have been made in this case and that it will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office, to determine if it was a justifiable homicide.

A search of the courts website did not show any criminal history for the suspect in this case.


We previously reported that the intruder’s name was Sebastian Thomas due to information from Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. BSCO now tells us his name was Sebastian Thompson. The correction has been made to the story above. 

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