Homeowner shoots alleged intruders on rural Yolo County property; one killed

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A rural Yolo County resident shot two alleged intruders — one of whom later died — Tuesday after being confronted at his home that was burglarized earlier in the day, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests were made, but the incident remains under investigation, sheriff’s officials said. According to Lt. Gary Hallenbeck, deputies were summoned at about 9 p.m. Tuesday to the residence in the 15000 block of County Road 45, north of the town of Guinda, regarding a shooting that had just occurred. “One of the callers was the homeowner, who advised the dispatcher he had shot an intruder on the property,” Hallenbeck said in a news release. “When deputies arrived, they located an unresponsive male and a responsive female adult that had both sustained gunshot wounds.” Deputies performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived, but he died of his injuries at the scene, Hallenbeck said. The woman was flown by air ambulance to an area hospital and is expected to survive. Neither of their names were released as of Wednesday afternoon. “The homeowner, who is an elderly male, remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators,” Hallenbeck said. “It was learned that the homeowner had returned to his residence earlier that afternoon and discovered a recent burglary had occurred at his residence. Tools and a firearm were stolen during that burglary.” Several hours later, the homeowner spotted headlights from a vehicle on his property, after which the two alleged intruders confronted him and were shot, Hallenbeck said. Neither of them was known to the homeowner, and there are not believed to be any additional suspects. Although the investigation remains ongoing, Hallenbeck said “the homeowner’s statements were consistent with the preliminary crime scene investigation.” He also noted that both the man and the woman have “extensive and recent serious criminal history,” but it’s not immediately clear whether they committed the earlier burglary on the property. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office for review, Hallenbeck said.

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