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Terror in the Night: Homeowner shoots intruder

Gunshots follow invasion of two Cool houses
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that an intruder was hospitalized after a homeowner in Cool fired several rounds at the suspect.

The incident took place in Cool’s Indian Rock Road area on Monday night. The initial report to authorities was that a home-invasion was taking place.

“The caller said a man entered their residence and began damaging the inside,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. “The caller was able to safely escape with his wife and young child to a neighbor’s residence.”

Minutes later, a second 911 call was fielded by dispatchers from a home near the one where the family had just escaped from. An intruder had broken through their locked, screened porch, the caller told authorities.

“The intruder then shattered a glass door to the home and attempted entry as he was being ordered by the homeowner to leave,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. “The homeowner, fearing for the safety of his family, fired multiple rounds at the suspect.”

The intruder was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds and was expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Because of the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Office had not released more information on the incident, including the name of the suspect, by press deadline.