Homeowner Take The Shotgun Approach

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    Homeowner Take The Shotgun Approach

    The original story is linked here:

    Intruder fatally shot in Rosedale

    There are a couple of good lines in it. The follow up story was a little better so here it is:

    Man unsure why he was victimized
    Resident began sleeping with gun after shots fired at house
    BY JASON KOTOWSKI, Californian staff writer
    e-mail: jkotowski@bakersfield.com |
    Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 9:05 PM

    Last Updated: Wednesday, Nov 7 2007 9:08 PM

    Steven Troy Stewart started sleeping with a shotgun after someone fired through a window into his living room last month.

    He defended himself with that gun Monday evening, shooting at a man who broke through his front window carrying a gun and a gasoline bomb.

    That man, Ulises Espino, later died, and three other men have been arrested in a plot to break into Stewart's Rosedale area home and burn it down, Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Komin said.

    Stewart said he doesn't know the men or have any idea why he was targeted. Detectives don't know why either.

    Alberto Torres, 18, Cesar Montoya, 23, and Jesus Delgado Estrada, 29, were arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, attempted arson and conspiracy, according to Komin. Torres also was arrested on suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang.

    Torres declined an interview request from The Californian,but told KGET-TV 17 in a jailhouse interview that he and the other men went to Stewart's house intending to kill him. He said he didn't know why.

    Each man was arrested on suspicion of murder because Espino died during a felony the men were attempting to commit.

    Espino and Torres drove in one vehicle and Montoya and Estrada drove in another to Stewart's house in the 15000 block of Westdale Avenue, Komin said. Montoya and Estrada, who pointed out the house to the other two men, are brothers, and Espino was their cousin, according to detectives.

    Stewart said he heard glass breaking Monday as he lie in bed and he grabbed his shotgun. He walked toward the front of the house and saw a man carrying a gun and a gas can with a fuse on it.

    Stewart fired several rounds. Espino was wounded and drove away with Torres while Montoya and Estrada drove off in the other vehicle, deputies said.

    The two vehicles later stopped in the area and the men called for medical help, Komin said. Espino died early Tuesday morning at Kern Medical Center and Torres was arrested.

    Detectives and deputies from the sheriff's Special Operations Group served a search warrant at Estrada and Montoya's residence at 1825 3rd St., Apt. C on Tuesday and arrested the men. A large amount of money and two guns were seized, one of which was reported stolen in 2006, according to the news release.

    Komin has said Espino was in possession of flammable liquid while breaking into Stewart's house and it appears the men intended to burn the house down. He said it appears the shooting was justified.

    Opal Stewart, Steven's mother, said her son wouldn't hurt anyone unless he had to defend himself. She also said he doesn't scare easily.

    "My son is one of the least fearful men you will ever know," she said.

    Stewart stopped to talk while returning to his house Wednesday afternoon carrying a small duffel bag and a shotgun. He said someone shot through one of the windows in his house Oct. 7 and the round barely missed his head. Komin confirmed that someone did shoot at Stewart's house about a month ago.

    Stewart has kept his shotgun close ever since.
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    One less gang-banger it's a shame he didn't take care of them all. Good job Stewart!!!

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    Welcome Mr. Stewart to the "Pool Cleaners of America"!
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    Odd how nobody knows why this guy was attacked? Just out of the blue, these gangbangers decided to kill him and burn his house down around him. Makes you think that there is more here than meets the eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Yankee View Post
    Odd how nobody knows why this guy was attacked? Just out of the blue, these gangbangers decided to kill him and burn his house down around him. Makes you think that there is more here than meets the eye.
    hmmmm, how true

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