Friday, October 17, 2008

California: Rancho Cordova resident shoots would-be burglar

Rancho Cordova

From the Sacramento Bee of October 15, 2008
Rancho Cordova resident shoots would-be burglar

Not my house, said one Rancho Cordova resident.

When he heard someone trying to kick in his front door just after 11 a.m. today, the 26-year-old resident of a Vehicle Drive apartment grabbed a gun and shot the suspect, according to authorities. Then he held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive, said Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran, who also serves as spokesman for the Rancho Cordova Police Department. After he was treated, he is likely to be arrested on suspicion of home invasion robbery, Curran said.

Police were called to the 2300 block by the resident's mother. She had been on the phone with her son when he suddenly yelled that somebody was trying to break into his apartment and hung up, Curran said.

At the scene, officers found evidence that someone had been trying to force entry into the apartment, Curran said. They also found a handgun - other than the resident's - that they believe was carried by the attempted burglar, Curran said.

He said the resident and suspect did not know each other, and it's unknown why that apartment was targeted. Officers found no evidence of illegal activity, like drugs, in the apartment, Curran said.

He did not know whether either gun was legally registered.

Notes CBS13: "A Sheriff's spokesman says at this point the homeowner will not face charges for defending himself and his wife."

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