A 23-year-old Salida man who was allegedly intoxicated by alcohol and methamphetamine was rushed to Memorial Medical Center on Friday evening after he was shot while assaulting a resident in the 2900 block of Paris Way.
The wound was not life-threatening to the man, whose identity was not released.
At 11:37 p.m. the homeowner called 911 to say that he was just assaulted and then shot the perpetrator in self-defense inside his garage.
Police said that the man had first wandered to a home in the 2800 block of Paris where he jumped into the backyard and then banged on the front door. The homeowners told police they had no idea who the man was, that he was, that he was extremely intoxicated and causing an argument until he finally walked off.
The suspect then walked to the 2900 block of Paris and trespassed into a front yard. That 26-year-old male homeowner saw the suspect on his home surveillance video acting suspiciously and running towards his house. The resident was in fear of the suspect gaining access to his home where his elderly parents and siblings live and that his dogs were barking frantically. He armed himself with a Glock .40-caliber handgun and flashlight and first asked the man if he was okay when he was charged. The intruder began assaulting him and put him in a headlock while moving inside the garage. In fear of his life, the homeowner said he fired one round in the man’s abdomen while still in the headlock. Part of this incident was recorded on the surveillance system.
The suspect has since been treated and released. He was uncooperative with police and would not answer questions.
The shooting is still under investigation and upon completion will be forwarded to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office for review.