Potential burglar shot dead by Santa Clara resident
SANTA CLARA – A resident of Santa Clara shot a potential burglar last weekend, police said.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. on July 11, police were called to Block 1000 on Santa Clara Street with a report of a prowler in the yard of a house, the Santa Clara Police Department said on Friday in A press release. On their way to the scene, they learned that shots had been fired.
Authorities said an investigation found the occupants of the house were awakened by the sounds of banging and kicking on their doors and windows. The suspect then smashed a window and kicked a back door, as a resident opened fire. Police did not say what type of firearm the resident was using.
“The gunfire immobilized the suspect,” police said.
Police said the suspect – identified as a 26-year-old Los Gatos resident – was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries. An update on his condition was not immediately available on Friday.
There was no known association between the suspect and the residents, police said.
Police identified the resident who shot the suspect as a 51-year-old male. He was cooperating with the investigation.
Anyone with information relating to the case can contact the Detective Sgt. Jake Malea at 408-615-4846, Detective Adam Wilson at 408-615-4818 or the anonymous phone line at 408-615-4847.