A Walnut landlord fatally shot one of two suspected burglars following a break-in at his home early Saturday, police said.
The incident began when residents heard footsteps around 4 a.m. inside the home in the 20000 block of East Country Hollow Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. When they went to check the noise, the male owner was confronted by a man armed with a handgun.
A shootout ensued and the suspected burglar was shot and injured in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene by the LA County Fire Department. The suspect’s weapon was recovered.
A second intruder fled.
The residents, both in their 20s, were not injured, authorities said. It was unclear if the owner had his own weapon.
There is no description of the second intruder, and it is not known if a vehicle was used, according to the sheriff’s department.
In response to the incident, city officials released a statement Sunday morning saying crime rates in the eastern Los Angeles County panhandle are low compared to neighboring cities.
“This type of incident is rare in our town and the Walnut Sheriff’s Station will use all of its resources to investigate the matter,” the statement said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the LA County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Office at (323) 890-5500.
Los Angeles Times