A man was shot after he broke into a woman’s home in Castaic, California, Monday morning around 2 a.m. despite warnings from the homeowner not to do so.
The suspect, 42-year-old John Velasquez, was struck a single time in the chest and last said to be in fair condition.
Police say Velasquez used his pickup truck to block the end of the homeowner’s driveway, which was about one-fourth of a mile from her house. He then walked to the house and began banging on the windows.
The homeowner, who lives alone and runs a dog training facility on her property, warned Velasquez that she had dogs and a gun, but he was persistent and eventually kicked in her back door.
At that point, the homeowner, who was on the phone with 911 the entire time, fired a single shot, striking Velasquez in the chest. When authorities arrived on the scene, he was transported to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Velasquez faces charges for burglary.
There were no reports of the homeowner, who is in her 60s, being injured.
[ Fox LA ]