YOLO COUNTY, CA – After being confronted by two intruders in his home, an elderly man opened fire, killing one apparent would-be burglar and wounding the other.
According to a Facebook post from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Yolo Sheriff Deputies responded to reports about a shooting at approximately 9 pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
One caller was the homeowner of a Yolo County property, who stated that he had shot an intruder.
Deputies arrived to find “an unresponsive male and a responsive female adult that had both sustained gunshot wounds.”
The deputies performed CPR on the male until paramedics arrived, but the male succumbed to his wounds and died. The female was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to live.
The unidentified homeowner, described as an “elderly male,” cooperated with investigators, and informed them that he had returned to his residence earlier that day to discover the theft of tools and a firearm.
Several hours later, he said, he noticed headlights on his rural property.
According to Lt. Gary Hallenbeck with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office:
“He did not go out to confront these people.
“He stayed in the house, and eventually, these people came into the residence.”
Then, according to the Sheriff’s Office, “[t]he homeowner was confronted by the two intruders inside the building he was staying in and the shooting occurred.”
Lt. Hallenbeck added:
“The homeowner ended up firing his weapon at them,”
“On face value, it points to that self-defense side.”
The two intruders were unknown to the elderly homeowner, but according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, they had an “extensive and recent serious criminal history.”
The investigation is ongoing, with no other outstanding suspects identified, and the Yolo County Sheriff’s office says that they do not anticipate releasing further information at this time.
This shooting incident marks the fourth recent instance of a resident shooting an intruder in the Greater Sacramento region this summer.
According to ABC10, the first of those four local home invasions occurred around 8pm on Tuesday, June 29, in a rural part of Modesto.
A woman tried to break into a home by attempting to smash a sliding glass door with a fire extinguisher.
The elderly residents of the home called neighbors, and then, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, “armed themselves with a firearm to defend their property, and told the woman to keep away.”
The intruder, however, did not leave, and, according to ABC10, she “kept trying to break into the home while threatening to kill the couple.”
“It was then that the elderly woman homeowner shot at the woman.
“The suspect was able to break into one of the couple’s cars, where she eventually died.”
Local law enforcement has stated that this incident “points to this being an act of self defense.”
A similar incident occurred on July 2, 2021, in rural Modesto, when an intruder was shot and killed by a homeowner.
According to ABC10, a homeowner received a burglar alarm alert to a break-in at his property. When he arrived at his residence, he found an intruder inside.
The intruder “allegedly shot at the homeowner multiple times.”
The homeowner returned fire and was also able to disarm the intruder, who died at the scene.
The intruder, later identified as 41-year-old Turlock resident Rodney Lee Martin, was found to have been using a stolen weapon.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s office, “it appears preliminarily the homeowner acted in self/defense.”
Another recent instance of a homeowner shooting an intruder occurred in Fairfield, CA, at approximately 8:30 am on Tuesday, July 6.
According to Lt. Jausiah Jacobsen with the Fairfield Police Department, a suspect knocked on the door of a home.
The homeowners, who are in their 60s, did not recognize the person via their doorbell camera and did not answer the door.
“And then ultimately after that, the suspect actively started kicking the door and he did kick the door off the hinges and then started to make entry into the home.”
One homeowner shot the intruder, who ran away into the street, where he later died despite lifesaving measures from responding Fairfield emergency personnel.
The intruder was also found to be in possession of a “loaded, semi-automatic handgun that had an extended magazine.”
— KEEDIE COLE 💋 (@luv_dis_caramel) July 7, 2021
Lt. Jacobsen commented to reporters on the apparent cluster of recent home invasion crimes in the area, saying:
“Fortunately for us, this isn’t something that happens commonly.”
”Very rarely actually.
“And the biggest thing that we’re happy about is that the homeowners and the residents are safe, but, definitely…the detectives need to reach out to the other agencies and find out, is there some type of nexus or not?
“Are they connected, or they just, unfortunately, have to be coincidence?”
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California gun control: Violent gun crime and mass shootings surge in Los Angeles county despite tough gun laws
June 5, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA – Gun control advocates may be in for a surprise after learning that Los Angeles County, with some of the most stringent gun controls in the nation, is experiencing a violent crime surge.
— @VetoGunmageddon (@VetoGunmageddon) October 6, 2020
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a video on social media announcing numbers showing a 95 percent increase in murders, a 40 percent increase in grand theft auto, a 7.8 percent increase in rape, a 12.9 percent increase in aggravated assault, and a 22 percent increase in arson.
The Sheriff said the LA County crime statistics were “not good news”:
“All (increases are) huge numbers. Very troublesome and I am going to identify this as existential threat number one, particularly for people who live in communities that have a large percentage of African American and Latino residents. They are the ones in the impact zone.”
The Sheriff then blasted council members for not taking action to address the rapid crime increase, and suggested they were partially to blame:
“I have yet to hear a single motion from the Board of Supervisors addressing this, not one. On another note, related because we have less cops on the street (and) more crooks, less consequences, what could go wrong with that combination, right?”
In the same video, the Sheriff announced that his department would increase the processing and number of concealed weapons permits issued to the public so that they could protect themselves from the criminals running rampant.
— Cactus Howl (@CactusHowl) June 15, 2016
L.A. County, and all of California, has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Gun control monitoring site maintained by Giffords Law Center gave California an “A” for gun control saying:
“California has the strongest gun laws in the United States and often leads the way in enacting new approaches to gun safety. The state has the seventh-lowest gun death rate in the country.
“To further strengthen its gun laws, California should increase funding for community violence prevention programs and strengthen firearm removal processes for people subject to court protective orders.”
— Jose Machado🇺🇸🇨🇺 (@JoseMac67851698) August 8, 2019
California gun laws include red flag law, universal background checks, a 10-day waiting period on firearm purchases, firearm registration requirements, an “assault weapons” ban, a limit on the number of guns a law-abiding citizen can purchase in a month, a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, a ban on K-12 teachers being armed for classroom defense, a ban on campus carry for self-defense, and numerous other controls.
As of 2020, California had more gun laws on the books than any other state. As of that year, there were 107 gun laws restricting the possession and carrying of firearms.
Despite these laws restricting the Second Amendment, crime in the streets of cities like Los Angeles and Oakland rages.
May 26, the mass shooting at the VTA rail yard in San Jose became the 18th mass shooting in California this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Nine people died in the San Jose attack.
Mass shootings in California, with the gun control laws, are not a rare occurrence. Before the May 26 attack, two mass shootings occurred on May 18. There were seven in the Month of May alone.
— Christopher White UK (@C_W_UK) June 4, 2021
From January through May 26, Oakland had four mass shootings.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) claims that the violence his own L.A. County Sheriff tells him is running out of control is not a sign that gun control is not working. Three days after the tragic attack in San Jose, he tweeted:
“Some people (…meaning the GOP and NRA) like to point to horrific shootings like yesterday’s and say CA’s strict gun laws don’t work. The reality is that is simply not true.”
In 1993, CA had the 3rd highest rate of gun homicides in the country and the 16th highest rate of gun deaths overall.
Since then CA has become a national leader on gun safety.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 27, 2021
He tried to support his argument by using statistics from 1993 and spoke about the “rate” of gun deaths rather than discuss the number of deaths from gun violence:
“In 1993, CA had the 3rd highest rate of gun homicides in the country and the 16th highest rate of gun deaths overall.”
“Since then, CA has become a national leader on gun safety.”
A US judge has overturned California's three-decade-old ban on assault weapons in a move swiftly condemned by the state's governor Gavin Newsom as gun-related homicides surge across Americahttps://t.co/hcJjszdzH0
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 5, 2021
In another blow to gun control in California, a federal judge has overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons this week.
In a 94-page decision, federal Judge Roger T. Benitez described California’s assault weapons ban – in place in 1989 – as unconstitutional and defended the right of Americans to own semi-automatic rifles.
The judge wrote:
“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.
“Guns and ammunition in the hands of criminals, tyrants and terrorists are dangerous; guns in the hands of law-abiding responsible citizens are better.”
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