Armed Texas Man Puts Hurricane Harvey Looters on Notice in Viral YouTube Video

A video of a shotgun-wielding man protecting a Houston-area grocery store from looters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey has gone viral.

In the video, the self-proclaimed “ex-SWAT deputy” has a warning for people who look like they’re trying to ransack the Little York Food Mart.

“Hey, don’t go back in that store! I’m telling you one time. I’m not scared to shoot you,” he says. “I’m an ex-f***ing SWAT deputy! I will cut your ass in half.”

Filmed by a woman in a car, the man tells her “It’s a shame. We need more real men out here to step up and protect where you live,” he said.

“[I’m] protecting the community where I live. I grew up in this area. I’m a former law enforcement officer, so I understand what the law says,” he says. “If you’re looting, you’re stealing. It’s a violation of Texas law and federal law in the time of a catastrophe.”

The woman praises the brave ex-cop. Take a look:

“This is what the news ain’t showing you,” she said. She even said that some people who claim to be on “rescue boats” are actually robbing people.

“This man is standing out here with his gone and he is going to pop somebody,” she said. “This man is not playing.”

Harvey has moved away from Houston as the floodwaters begin the slow process of receding. But the flooding has caused other issues that no one saw coming.

A pair of explosions were heard early Thursday morning and black smoke was seen rising from a chemical plant near Houston compromised by flooding from Harvey, officials said.

Arkema, which runs the plant, said in a release they were notified of the explosions by Harris County Emergency Operations at about 2 a.m. Harris County police said on Twitter that one deputy was taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes from the plant and nine other officers drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution.

They said the chemical was a “non-toxic irritant.”