Sacto 9-1-1
January 21, 2013
Resident shoots, kills man in his yard

By Hudson Sangree
hsangree@sacbee.com

A north Sacramento resident fatally shot a man Sunday who entered his yard, refused to leave and became increasingly violent, Sacramento Police reported late Monday.

On Sunday at about 3:30 p.m., a woman reported that her husband had just shot an intruder in their yard in the 3100 block of Palmer Street , according to a news release.

Officers found the 36-year-old resident still armed and a 50-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The wounded man was taken to the hospital, where he died eight hours later.

None of the individuals has been indentified.

The news release described the events that led to the shooting:

The residents were getting ready to drive away from their home, and the husband was unlocking a gate at the end of the driveway.

The older man walked onto their driveway "acting irrationally," police said. The resident told him to leave, and the intruder made comments about getting into their car and began arguing with the resident. The woman, who was sitting in the car, locked the doors. The intruder walked through the gate onto the property, as the resident kept ordering him to leave. The suspect eventually left and crossed the street.

The husband continued unlocking the gate, getting ready to leave.

The 50-year-old man turned with a cane in his hand, and "began to unclothe as if to fight and aggressively came toward the resident again," the release said.

The resident retreated to his yard and armed himself with a two-by-four. The other man started breaking objects in the yard and swinging his cane and threw "large and dangerous" objects at the resident, it said.

The resident ran into his home, grabbed a gun and ordered the man to leave. The man picked up a heavy wrought iron stand and motioned as if to throw it at the resident.

The resident fired a round, striking the intruder.

The shooter was not arrested. An investigation continues.

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