It was an apparent home invasion gone wrong near Escondido. Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a 47-year-old homeowner shot a 28-year-old man who barged into his house on Highland Valley Road. It happened around 1:30 Wednesday morning when deputies say a man knocked on the door and told the owner that he was being chased and needed money for a taxi.
The homeowner, who lives in the house surrounded by a tall fence topped with barbed wire, apparently didn't believe the man's story. What happened next is unclear, but the homeowner ended up shooting the man with a rifle, and then was able to trap him in a bedroom until law enforcement arrived. The homeowner, his wife and two daughters were in the house, but were able to get out safely, without injuries.
The intruder was shot several times, and is in the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He's in custody on unrelated charges, and the investigation continues. Deputies say the homeowner acted in self-defense, trying to save his family, when he shot the intruder.
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