Man shoots, kills person trying to break into home, police say – East Bay Times


Man shoots, kills person trying to break into home, police say – East Bay Times

An El Cerrito resident who said he awoke to find a man trying to break into his home early Saturday morning fatally shot the alleged burglar, according to police.

Authorities have not made any arrests in the shooting, which will be reviewed by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, said El Cerrito Police Capt. Robert De La Campa.

Police went to the home on Cutting Boulevard around 1 a.m. Saturday, after a woman who lived there called 911 reporting that there was an intruder in her garage. The woman had stayed in a bedroom of the home with her daughter, while her husband, who was armed, went to investigate, according to police.

The man told authorities he saw a person who “appeared to be trying to enter the home” through its glass back door, De La Campa wrote in a news release.

“The male resident shouted at the intruder, who did not leave,” De La Campa wrote. “The resident felt threatened that the intruder was going to enter the home and he felt he was acting in defense of himself and his family, so he shot at the intruder.”

The man who was shot ran from the house, but officers who arrived found him dead in the street.

Police have not publicly identified the man, saying only that he was in his 20s.

The department is continuing its investigation into the incident, and it will be up to the district attorney’s office to decide whether the homeowner acted legally in self-defense when he shot the man.

Although the processes for investigating police and civilian shootings are distinct, De La Campa said in some ways the laws governing them can be “very similar.”


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