From the Sacramento Bee
Break-in suspect, 19, killed by shot from North Sacramento resident
By M.S. Enkoji and Chelsea Phua - firstname.lastname@example.org
Published 5:46 am PDT Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A 19-year-old Sacramento man was shot and killed early this morning as he tried to break into a North Sacramento home, police said.
The resident inside fired a shotgun through a door, striking the invader, police said.
Sacramento Police Lt. James Beezley said the resident called 911 at 12:18 a.m. to report that two men were trying to break into his house in the 800 block of Carmelita Avenue off Rio Linda Boulevard. One of the men was carrying a rifle and trying to jam it through the door, which was slightly ajar, the resident reported to authorities.
Beezley said the resident fired the shotgun once through the door, striking one of the suspects in the torso. The injured man staggered about 50 yards away from the house and collapsed on the street.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police officers were unable to find the second suspect when they arrived.
Beezley said it did not appear that the robbery suspects and the resident knew one another.
Authorities had not released the name of the dead man because relatives had not been notified. The resident, who was at home with his wife and two preschool children, was not identified because he had not been arrested.
The resident was unable to give a complete description of any other suspects, which could have been more than one, according to police.
During August and July, at least three other home-invasion robberies have been reported to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in the Antelope area. The invader struck about midnight in two of those incidents.