Acting Capt. Leonard Orman said the homeowner was startled because Schmidt broke through sheet rock between the home and an exterior water heater closet, leaving no signs of a break-in from the front of the home.No Castle Doctrine in California.
A confrontation ensued, and when Schmidt wielded a knife, the homeowner opened fire with a small handgun, striking Schmidt more than once, Orman said.
"At this point, everything indicates that it was a case of self-defense," he said. "However, we collected a lot of evidence, which will be analyzed, and that will dictate whether this was a justified shooting."
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
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