A homeowner is believed to have fatally shot an armed intruder who Sheriff’s investigators said broke into his house in the middle of the day.
This is the latest instance of an armed citizen fighting back against intruders who are forcing themselves into occupied homes throughout Northern California.
The intrusion happened in unincorporated Modesto, about three hours east of San Francisco, and an hour south of Sacramento. In this incident, a gun battle between the homeowner and the armed intruder ensued, sheriff’s officials stated.
“On Friday, July 2nd, at 12:22 p.m., patrol deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on W Service Road near Jennings Road in rural, unincorporated Modesto,” according to the Stanislaus Co. Sheriff’s Office. “The homeowner was alerted to a break-in by an alarm company monitoring the residence. Shortly after the homeowner entered the house, a male intruder was found inside. The suspect shot at the homeowner multiple times. The homeowner was able to return fire, as both parties became involved in a continued exchange of mutual gunfire. Eventually, the homeowner was able to disarm the male intruder. The homeowner immediately reported the incident by calling 911 as he exited the property.”
Stanislaus Co. deputies rushed to the scene upon hearing that there were gunshots exchanged.
“Deputies arrived on-scene, went inside, and found the male deceased having sustained a fatal gunshot wound,” investigators stated. “The male has been identified as 41-year-old Turlock resident, Rodney Lee Martin. The firearm he used was previously reported stolen as well."
"The homeowner is fully cooperating with the investigation," the Sheriff's office stated. "No arrests have been made. We are still investigating many other aspects of this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Gonzalez at 209-595-8686."
A separate instance of a homeowner fighting back happened in Fairfield, Calif. in Solano County on July 6. During that incident, a husband and wife were sitting down for breakfast when an armed intruder barged into their house.
"While the couple was having breakfast, they heard a knock at the door, followed by the subject attempting to kick the door down," police stated in a press release. "The husband, fearing for his and his wife’s safety obtained his legally owned firearm to defend them. The intruder ultimately broke the door completely down and entered the residence. The husband fired on the intruder who then fled.”
The intruder was shot with the homeowner’s .357 Magnum revolver.
“The homeowner relayed to dispatch that someone had broken into his residence,” police also added. "The homeowner further informed dispatch he had shot the intruder and the intruder fled from the residence. Fairfield Police responded to the location and checked on the welfare of the residents, a married couple in their 60s. Officers located the intruder across the street, detained him, and found he was in possession of a loaded semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine. Officers began life-saving measures until Fairfield Fire personnel arrived on the scene. The individual was ultimately pronounced deceased shortly after 9:00 am.”