An elderly Northern California man told sheriff’s deputies that a stranger broke into his home, took away his gun and then killed himself with it.
The encounter happened around midnight Wednesday on Old Oregon Trail, an area of widely spaced homes on Redding’s eastern outskirts.
The 80-year-old homeowner told Shasta County sheriff’s deputies that he was in his living room when he heard glass breaking at the back of his house. When he went to investigate, he was attacked by an intruder in the hallway.
The homeowner managed to get to his bedroom and retrieve a gun, but the intruder took it away from him. After again retreating to a bedroom, the homeowner heard a single gunshot and emerged to find the intruder had fatally shot himself.
The homeowner had minor injuries from his scuffles with the intruder, and he received treatment for them at the scene, the sheriff’s report said.
During the investigation, sheriff’s detectives found that the intruder had also entered a neighboring residence, whose occupants weren’t home.
On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said the intruder had not yet been identified.
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