Man Breaks into House in Middle of Night; Armed 2A Patriot Shoots Him Dead
The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene
A man under the influence of alcohol or drugs reportedly forced his way into a California residence in the dead of night, but it was the last mistake he ever made.
Police in Newport Beach, California, were called to the residence at 4:15 a.m. Thursday after the disturbance, the Orange County Register reported.
Neighbor Bill Finster told KNBC-TV:
"He'd been around the house for like 20 minutes then came around to the front and broke the front door down, that's when he entered the house."
Police told the Register that the intruder was shot dead by someone in the home.
According to neighbors, the man was shot once, and that his body was found inside the Indus Street home, KNBC reported.
The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene.
The station later confirmed there were no arrests.
Police said the man forced his way inside the home, either under the influence or mentally ill.
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The man shot was later identified as 23-year-old Henry Lehr of Tucson, Arizona, according to the Register, which cited the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
KNBC reported that the sounds of the incident were caught on camera.
"We've had a series of break-ins in cars right in their driveways," another neighbor, Chet Groskreutz, told the station.
Neighbors said the intruder lived at a house just a few doors away.
"These halfway houses scare us," Finster also told the station.
City officials say their hands are tied, that any sober living home of six or fewer people is regulated by the state.
City officials say the only way they can get involved is if there is a code enforcement issue or seven or more people in one home.
The statin said residents have complained about security issues for years.
Finster told KNBC of a previous scary incident:
"Broad daylight, guy was on something, stark-ass naked, and a cop nailed him in front the house — but whatever he was on, he was overpowering the officer."