Steve Guerrero was identified as the Edison High School teacher who was shot on Thursday night in Fresno, California.
Guerrero was approached by four Hispanic males who were trying to rob the classroom that he was in, police said. He was shot twice while wresting a gun away from one of them.
The males entered the room while Guerrero was planning on leaving.
One of the suspects asked, “Do you want to get shot?” police told the Fresno Bee.
Guerrero didn’t do anything while one of the suspects grabbed a laptop. One had taken out a handgun while another had a sawed-off shotgun.
But after he was struck by one of the suspects by a weight, he decided to fight back. He knocked the handgun and laptop out of the hands of one of the suspects, and struggled with him to pick up the gun.
The suspect fired off several rounds, two of which struck Guerrero. But he eventually overpowered the suspect, who then fled with the other three.
“It was human nature at that point, fight or flight, and he chose to fight,” said Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson, who visited Guerrero and his wife at Community Regional Medical Center on Thursday night. “His life was in danger and he fought back. It was an amazing result given the set of circumstances he was up against.”