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Santa Barbara Homeowner Shoots Intruder; Suspect in Custody at Hospital

Police say the suspect was wounded after attempting to break in to two residences on West Pedregosa Street

Santa Barbara police detectives interview neighbors outside a home on the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street after an intruder reportedly tried to break into a nearby residence early Wednesday but was shot by a homeowner.
Santa Barbara police detectives interview neighbors outside a home on the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street after an intruder reportedly tried to break into a nearby residence early Wednesday but was shot by a homeowner.  (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper | updated logo |

A downtown homeowner shot and wounded an intruder attempting to kick in his home’s doors early Wednesday, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Police received multiple calls about 4:15 a.m. of a disturbance in progress at two residences on the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street. On arrival, officers discovered that a 33-year-old man, whose name has been not released by police, had suffered a serious gunshot wound to his right leg, according to Sgt. Riley Harwood.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken into custody at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was taken for treatment.

Harwood said police arrested the man on suspicion of burglary, prowling and vandalism, and additional charges may be sought as the investigation continues.

The suspect reportedly began residing in the area recently, and allegedly had been seen and heard prowling in the neighborhood.

Harwood said the investigation is ongoing, and police have not yet released the exact location of the break-in, or the names of the victim and suspect.

The man first appeared on the property of one of the Pedregosa homes and a resident warned him to leave, Harwood said. The suspect made an obscene gesture to her and continued to the rear of the property, smashing through a gate, according to Harwood. That resident called 9-1-1 and described the subject as acting strangely, as if he were in some altered state of mind.

The suspect broke through the gate of a neighboring property and knocked on the front door of the residence. The homeowner, a 54-year-old man, went to the door and overhead the suspect utter something about money, then refused to open the door after telling the man to leave.

The suspect then began repeatedly and forcefully kicking the front door of the residence before walking around to the rear of the property. The homeowner’s wife and adult son were also at home and called 9-1-1 out of concern for their safety, Harwood said.

The homeowner armed himself with an M-1 carbine rifle that he owned, and went to the rear of his home where he thought the suspect might try to enter. The suspect began kicking through a set of glass French doors.

The homeowner yelled at the intruder to leave, and the suspect said he was suicidal and continued to attempt to break the doors, Harwood said. The suspect picked up a lantern from the patio and struck the doors with it, breaking some of the glass into the residence.

The homeowner fired a warning shot, Harwood said, but when the man continued to try to gain entry, he fired a second round, which struck the intruder.

Law enforcement arrived at the scene, and medical aid was administered to the intruder. He is under 24-hour watch by officers until he is released from the hospital and then will be booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, Harwood said.

Check back with Noozhawk for more details as they become available.

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» on 04.11.12 @ 06:29 PM

An M-1 rifle!

» on 04.11.12 @ 10:45 PM

Not big on guns , but this dude got what he was asking for. Lucky the homeowner didn’t just take him out.
  Now the victim has damaged property to repair, possibly out of pocket. Not sure what a homeowners policy will do for him , but the victim restitution program enforced by the D.A.‘s office should get it repaid eventually. We ended up catching a scumbag who had broken my truck window and cleaned me out for some valuables.  When he got out of prison (priors)  he made payments until restitution was complete. Anybody in this situation should talk to the D.A.‘s office.

» on 04.12.12 @ 01:54 AM

“The suspect reportedly began residing in the area recently, and allegedly had been seen and heard prowling in the neighborhood.”  -When people prowl, do they do it on all fours?  The way they describe him, he sounds like a raccoon or something, lol.

» on 04.12.12 @ 02:31 PM

sooner or later someone will point their finger at the guy who shot the intruder and be stupid enough to ask why.

» on 04.12.12 @ 02:36 PM

Damn! Not a word about arresting the shooter.  I expected an outpouring of outrage and sympathy for the “victim” from the antigunnuts.  “Do you mean to tell me” (thanks to Nancy Grace for that obnoxious line) that even in The Peoples’ Republic of Santa Barbara someone can shoot an intruder into one’s home?  Where are we?  Florida?

» on 04.12.12 @ 04:58 PM

Should serve as an example why anyone who doesn’t have the mindset, skill, and equipment to defend themselves and their family is a fool.  When seconds count the police are only minutes away…

» on 04.12.12 @ 08:18 PM

Great job!!Nice shot!!

» on 04.13.12 @ 06:40 AM

And that’s why I’m learning how to shoot. Losers like this intruder will learn the hard way that breaking the law has consequences. He’s lucky he only got shot in the arm.

» on 04.13.12 @ 03:45 PM

US Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is on record as saying no one except law enforcement should have a gun.  Remember this at her next election.  Our own sheriff refuses to grant concealed carry permits in spite of
Florida’s experience:

From 1987 through 1994, when the right to carry law went into effect, Florida’s homicide rate has dropped 22%, while the national rate has risen 15%.

Since the outset of the Florida right-to-carry law, the Florida murder rate has averaged 36% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 15% lower. 

Many more examples at

While corelation is not causation, one must wonder.  The logic is simple - if the bad guy thinks you MIGHT be armed, he or she will think twice about an attack.

» on 04.14.12 @ 01:38 PM

John try as you might to make this case somehow emblematic of a larger gun-control problem, you just cant and you’re stooping to lower-than-usual argumentation. You’ve noticed, and have even been disappointed that no liberals have chimed in for some kind of retribution for the homeowner. That’s because most of us can think and differentiate between this and what happened in Florida recently and many times in states with so-called “stand your ground” - type laws.
The local homeowner did everything right, so why would I, as a person who believes in stricter gun control be the slightest bit upset by his actions? His actions showed great presence of mind, courage, and self-control, and were totally within California’s home-protection laws. He was no vigilante looking for an excuse to use his gun simply because he has a right to. He was protecting his home from attack.
I believe in the right to own firearms. I was taught very early in life what responsible use is, and I own some. I also believe every owner should realize how deadly they are, and their sale and use should be highly regulated. I also strongly believe that the NRA’s paranoia and craven greed for political power is a toxic infection in the minds of way too many Americans, and you’re showing symptoms.

» on 04.15.12 @ 01:28 PM

There is no comparison between this incident and the recent Florida incident nor did I indicate one.  Florida’s law in question in the Trayvon case is “stand and defend”, not “shall issue/right to carry.” I was referring to Florida’s 25 year history with “shall issue/right to carry” which shows a stark and compelling negative coorelation between right to carry and gun crimes.  Also shows a compelling positive correlation between advancing age and fewer gun-related accidents.  Just trying to present a little factual information into what is usually a highly polarized and emotional issue.

As to “reasonable gun control”, are you aware that CA’s gun control regulations take up one-half of the book of all states’ gun control laws?  That certain people in our legisature believe that putting unique identifiers on bullets would actually be a useful crime deterrent (any thinking person could come up with a book on why THAT won’t work)? 

I too believe that the NRA is over the top, but then someone needs to counter the likes of Brady, Feinstein and the antigunnuts.  Perhaps if they would dial down, so would the NRA types.

Just be aware:  there are gun owners who are not rabid supporters of the NRA and who believe in REASONABLE regulation.  CA regulations are not reasonable.  And I applaud, while being shocked and amazed, that the constantly-in-fear-of-any-risk-at-all-types did not demand action against the homeowner.  So far.

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