A Hispanic man was attempting to break into a California resident’s apartment, and after repeated calls from the victim to leave, the armed homeowner felt he had no choice but to use lethal force with a gun.
The home invasion occurred in Canyon Country, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles County, California. KTLA reported that the armed homeowner shot the man several times after the home intruder had broken the apartment windows to obtain entry. Deputy Ryan Rouzan with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department indicated that the victim had been yelling at the intruder commands such as “stop trying to get in here” and “you don’t live here.”
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According to witnesses as well as the victim himself, the intruder had made his way into the apartment through the windows he had broken, at which point the apartment resident opened fire on the intruder. The Hispanic man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The incident is now being investigated by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, who want to know whether the intruder was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and whether the suspect and victim knew each other. The shooter is being questioned to determine if this was a self-defense case.
Neighbors who were interviewed are shocked that such an incident could happen in their usually quiet community. While some were supportive of the armed homeowner and say that they feel like they should also obtain a gun for protective purposes, others are not so supportive. The incident happened in a unit 203, but the apartment complex has several units labeled 203. One resident – who lives in another unit 203 – lamented to NBC Los Angeles that her mentally ill son could have been in the intruder’s position, thinking he was at his own unit 203: “He could have clearly been this guy, going up the stairs, thinking he’s in his location, and he gets killed.”