Man who kept breaking into his old California home is shot dead by new owners


A 28-year-old man was shot dead in a Sacramento, California home after entering private property he believed belonged to his father.

The accused, identified as Lennin Elizalde, returned to the residence hours after being arrested for breaking and entering the same property.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Oct. 10, when it received a report of “forced entry” to a home in the 7000 block of Gabor Street in Valley Springs.

Two men waiting in the front yard of the residence informed deputies that Elizalde had “kicked open the front door to enter” their residence.

“He began to physically assault them” before the owners shot him in self-defense, police said in their statement. official press release. “During the altercation, one of the occupants was thrown to the ground,” he added. “While on the ground attempting to get up and fight Lennin, the second occupant discharged his pistol more than once towards Lennin.”

During their investigation, detectives discovered that Elizalde had been arrested the day before for illegal entry to the same property. He was also charged with “vandalism and possession of methamphetamine”.

Elizalde was the son of the previous owner of the house and he informed the police on his way to jail that he “believed the residence was still his property and that he intended to return home”.

Based on his “unconditional statements regarding his intention to return to the residence”, the patrol deputy had demanded an increase in the amount of his bond. The judge, however, denied due to misdemeanor arrest charges against him.

The occupants of the residence were not arrested, and detectives during their initial investigation found that Elizalde had “no legal right to occupy or return” to the property.

“The residence was completely vacant when purchased by the new occupants and Lennin had no personal items or legal reason to return,” the sheriff’s office said.


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