Willard Burgess, 83, of California was at his La Puenta house when a suspect police were chasing stood on his roof, refusing their orders to come down for hours, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Murakami. The suspect was jumping on several rooftops in the neighborhood evading police.
Burgess, finally fed up with the ordeal, eventually grabbed his neighbor’s ladder and told officers he was climbing onto the roof, KABC reported.
“That sucker’s coming off,” he promised police.
The grandfather then shoved the man off his roof, ending the hours-long standoff. It’s unclear whether the unidentified man, was seriously injured. Police said he was taken to the hospital for a mental health and physical health evaluation.
“You come to my house, you don’t have to worry about him because I’ll be all over it ’cause I’m going to load up,” Burgess told KABC.
Burgess’ granddaughter, Ashley Wrenn, recorded cell phone video of the moment Burgess tossed the man off his roof. “It was a crazy morning,” she said.
“I tell everybody: ‘Just because you’re old, that don’t mean you got to sit down. As long as you’re able to move, move,” Burgess later told the news station.