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"He was protecting his family and did the right thing with the information he had at the time," she said.
Kat Terry, who moved in across the street in October, echoed those sentiments
"You do what you need to do to protect your family if they are in danger," she said.
She said the morning’s events shook her up.
"It’s really scary, especially when you have kids," she said.
While most neighbors describe the neighborhood as fairly quiet, Larry Haynes, who lives down the street, said he has had items stolen from his truck in the past and he always makes sure his cars and home are locked.
"I feel bad for the family, that they had to go through that," he said. "It’s a little harsh, but it’s better than them getting hurt."
Utah court records indicate Martinez has a lengthy criminal history spanning from 1998 to 2011.
Martinez was convicted of various charges of theft and shoplifting, attempted aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and assault against a police officer, and drug charges.
In Martinez’s most recent case, a felony retail theft in 2011, there was question of his mental competency. He ultimately was deemed competent and found guilty of an amended class A misdemeanor charge in January.
— Cimaron Neugebauer contributed to this report.
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