Fairfield, CA – An elderly man fatally shot an armed parolee who broke into his home as he was eating breakfast with his wife on Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. on July 6 at a home on Vintage Valley Drive, the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) said in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.
The couple, both of whom are in their 60s, were having breakfast when they heard someone knocking at their door, police said.
They checked their Ring camera and realized they didn’t know the man standing outside, so they didn’t answer the door, KTXL reported.
The unknown man then attempted to “kick the door down,” according to the FPD.
“The husband, fearing for his and his wife’s safety obtained his legally owned firearm to defend them,” the FPD said.
The 27-year-old home intruder managed to bust the door down entirely and made his way into the couple’s home.
“The suspect did ultimately kick the door down, kicked it off the hinges and attempted to make entry into the house,” FPD Lieutenant Jausiah Jacobsen told KTXL.
That’s when the homeowner opened fire on him, causing the suspect to flee.
The homeowner immediately called 911 and told the dispatcher he had shot someone who broke into his house, the FPD said.
“The homeowner defended themselves, fired rounds,” Lt. Jacobsen told KTXL. “The suspect ended up fleeing and [the homeowner] obviously called us, asked for us to come and help him.”
Officers arrived to find the parolee across the street from the couple’s home, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
As he was being detained, officers found him in possession of a loaded semiautomatic handgun equipped with an “extended magazine,” according to the press release.
Police attempted lifesaving measures until medical personnel arrived at the scene.
The suspect was pronounced dead at approximately 9 a.m., the FPD said.
According to police, he was on parole for another home invasion out of Alameda County at the time of the shooting, KTXL reported.
The police department’s investigation bureau is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.
“As there are other aspects still being looked into, no further information will be released at this time,” the FPD said.
Neighbors rallied around the couple in the wake of the shooting, with some bringing flowers as they stopped in to check on them, KTXL reported.
“They’re a wonderful family and they’re well-liked in the community,” resident Tamer Totah told the news outlet. “I’m just really grateful that nothing more serious might have happened to them.”