Would-be burglar shot by Santa Clara resident

SANTA CLARA – A Santa Clara resident shot a would-be burglar last weekend, police said.

Around 1:50 a.m. on July 11, officers were called to the 1000 block of Santa Clara Street for a report of a prowler in the backyard of a home, the Santa Clara Police Department said in a news release Friday. On their way to the scene, they received word that shots had been fired.

Authorities said an investigation revealed the occupants of the home had been awakened by the sounds of pounding and kicking on their doors and windows. The suspect then broke a window and kicked open a rear door, at which time a resident opened fire. Police did not say what type of firearm the resident used.

“The gunshots immobilized the suspect,” police said.

Police said the suspect – identified as a 26-year-old Los Gatos resident – was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries. An update on his condition was not immediately available Friday.

There were no known associations between the suspect and the residents, police said.

Police identified the resident who shot the suspect as a 51-year-old man. He was cooperating with the investigation.

Anyone with information related to the case can contact Detective Sgt. Jake Malea at 408-615-4846, Detective Adam Wilson at 408-615-4818 or the anonymous tip line at 408-615-4847.

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Author: Jason Green