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DETECTIVE: Man who shot intruder feared for his life and the life of a baby

Posted: March 12, 2016 5:42 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2016 5:42 p.m.
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A Canyon Country man who shot and killed an intruder Friday night feared for his life and the life of an 8-month-old baby, a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau said.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, an intoxicated man described only as Hispanic and 44 years old, was shot multiple times after he broke into an apartment that was not his own on the 26700 block of Isabella Parkway, Lt. John Corina told The Signal Saturday.

“We believe he was really intoxicated and there had been some sort of family dispute,” he said about the deceased man.

“The apartment owner was fearful for his life and the life of an 8-month-old baby. It was just these two in the apartment,” Corina said.  

“The two men did not know each other,” he said, referring to the shooter and the man who was shot.

The apartment owner, Corina said, told the intruder repeatedly “you don’t live here, go away” before the shots were fired.

The apartment owner called 911 to report the shooting of a Hispanic man who broke into his unit when he was home, LASD Deputy Lisa Jansen wrote in a news release issued late Friday night..

“According to the informant and witnesses, the suspect was trying to get into the informant’s apartment,” she said.

The suspect was shot multiple times while allegedly breaking a window in an attempt to make entry after ignoring multiple orders from the homeowner to leave the premises, Corina said.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrived on scene minutes later to find the suspect suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The homeowner was detained and held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to take part in an additional investigation.

No charges and no arrests were made as of late Saturday afternoon, Corina said.

Homicide detectives spent the day interviewing witnesses about what they saw or heard, he said.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department are expected to carry out toxicology tests when they perform the autopsy, Corina said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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