California Man Fatally Shoots Armed Intruder Who Kicked His Door Down

A homeowner in California fatally shot an armed man allegedly on parole for home invasion after he kicked down the door of his residence in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Fairfield Police Department's Lieutenant Jausiah Jacobsen told Nexstar Media Wire that a couple at a home in Vintage Valley Drive in Fairfield, California, were eating breakfast on Tuesday when they noticed a man outside their door on a Ring surveillance camera.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, knocked on their door, but the couple, who are in their 60s, did not answer as they did not recognize him.

"The suspect did ultimately kick the door down, kicked it off the hinges and attempted to make entry into the house," Jacobsen said.

"The homeowner defended themselves, fired rounds. The suspect ended up fleeing and [the homeowner] obviously called us, asked for us to come and help him," Jacobsen added, as he confirmed that the homeowner shot two rounds at the suspect.

When officers responded to the scene they found the suspect lying across the road from the house with a gunshot wound. First responders performed CPR on the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jacobsen confirmed that the suspect was found in possession of a "semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with an extended magazine."

He said that the suspect was identified as a 27-year-old man from Suisun City who was on parole for a home invasion in Alameda County, located around 65 miles from Tuesday's incident.

A piece of plywood covering the door was seen at the property on Tuesday, but Nexstar reported that there were no other signs at the residence that a fatal shooting had taken place.

The media wire service said that local residents were concerned for the welfare of the family following the shooting and neighbors were seen stopping by the house, with some even bringing flowers.

"They're a wonderful family. And they're well-liked in the community. And I'm just really grateful that nothing more serious might have happened to them," local resident Tamer Totah said.

Neighbor Nathan Biggs added that he was "kind of blown away" by the incident and explained: "I've lived here all my life, 18 years. Probably the most eventful thing that's happened in this neighborhood."

Jacobsen told ABC 10 that the authorities are still working to figure out why the home was targeted, as he confirmed that the residents had no association with the man.

"I'd like to emphasize that we're still going through this, and I know that there's information that's been released that we would like to make sure that we do our due diligence and make sure these facts are all substantiated," he said.

Newsweek has contacted the Fairfield Police Department for comment.

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File photo of a semi automatic hand gun and red light. A homeowner in California fatally shot an armed man allegedly on parole for home invasion after he kicked down the door of his residence in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Josiah S/iStock / Getty Images Plus