Homeowner Fatally Shoots Home Invader Posing As Sheriff's Deputy

Sandy Malone

A homeowner in Lindsay fatally shot an intruder pretending to be with the sheriff's office on Tuesday night.

Lindsay, CA – A homeowner fatally shot a home invader who busted through his front door posing as a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 at a home in the 2200-block of Avenue 256 near Road 216, KFSN reported.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects banged on the homeowner’s front door yelling “Sheriff’s Office,” KBAK reported.

The homeowners told investigators that the suspects forced the front door open and pushed their way inside.

That’s when the homeowner, who was armed, confronted the home invaders, KBAK reported.

The suspects were also armed and opened fire on the homeowner, who shot back at them.

There were three people inside the home when the home invaders gained entry, including a 13-year-old boy who called 911 as the suspects busted through the door, according to KFSN.

The homeowner fatally shot one of the home invaders, and at least one other suspect escaped.

When Tulare County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found one suspect dead inside the house, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

No one else was injured during the incident, KFSN reported.

Police have not yet released the dead suspect’s name or any other information about the incident.

The investigation is ongoing as police look for additional suspects who participated in the home invasion, KFSN reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.

Comments (79)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'll bet the homeowner was a known drug dealer. Dressing up as fake cops is far too complex for just a random home invasion and the homeowner was very prepared. The cops should get the FBI in on this to corral the rest of the gang. Cell phone tracking and usage should be able to allow LE to zero in on the gang. On the other hand it is CA, which requires cops to jump through flaming hoops to do their jobs.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

it would be funny if it turned out to be off duty cops thinking that they had an easy stash house to clean out.

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

Good job home owner!!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This is why you have to shoot even if the raider yells "police" . . . better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6.

This is also why police should always announce using megaphones, and, when possible, flashing colored lights in the driveway.

Also, give the residents plenty of notice so that the residents are not forced to make a split second decision.

This is definitely a case that should be taught at every police academy across Our Great Nation, and should be the basis of a mandatory refresher course for active popo.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Scary

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"Little Jimmy would never do anything like this!!!" ... "He's an Angel, Would Give YOU the Shirt off his Back and the Home Owner should Never have had a Gun or Shot Him!!!" ... "Just because he Kicked In The Door DOESN'T MEAN that he was a Bad Guy!!!" ... "BooHoo!!!"

Getto Lottery, here we come!

Wish505
Wish505

Sheriff's Office SEARCH WARRANT OPEN THE DOOR. Unless of course it is a no knock warrant.

Mike bass
Mike bass

Sounds like a good kill to me...better than winging them and some liberal judge setting them free just to do it to someone that isn't armed

Raymelson
Raymelson

America is slowly going back to a wild west country where the fastest gun wins LOL

Thomas1958
Thomas1958

Seems like a dangerous situation on both sides! How did the homeowner know they weren’t LE? If he shot actual LEOs there would be hell to pay. Something does not add up here.

SteveShay
SteveShay

misleading story! "Posing" sounds like wearing a police uniform, in my opinion, and hooked me into the story with that word in the headline. Now we are down to did they really shout "Sheriff's Office!"? Really?

Roman$
Roman$

How dare the homeowner defend himself with a gun. Only thugs should have guns.

Andytheman
Andytheman

I don't care if they're in uniform or not. I don't care if they yell " sheriff's office." Busting down my door in the night especially will get you killed if my aim is good. I'm a veteran police officer and we never busted down a door like that. Good job homeowner!

Schick56
Schick56

California?!?!?! Poor guy will be charged with murder for protecting his home 😱

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Shoot first ask questions later is what LE motto is.
I think now that should be everyone's thought process when inside your home.

A MAN'S HOME IS HIS CASTLE. 🏰


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