Burglar shot by motorcycle shop owner during break-in pleads guilty

Christopher Lamont Peterson shot in leg by owner

SAN DIEGO -  

A man who was shot after pointing a loaded shotgun at the owner of a Talmadge motorcycle shop during a break-in pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of a firearm and burglary.

Christopher Lamont Peterson, 37, will be sentenced to four years and four months in prison at a hearing Dec. 13, said Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund.

Authorities said Peterson was confronted by Isaac Heinrich, co-owner of Trophy Motorcycles, about 2:20 a.m last March 15 as Peterson tried to leave the motorcycle shop.

Prosecutors said Heinrich had his .40-caliber handgun with him and ordered Peterson to stop, but Peterson -- armed with a loaded shotgun that Heinrich kept in the store -- pointed the shotgun at Heinrich.

Heinrich shot at the suspect three to four times but missed, and Peterson continued to advance toward him, prosecutors said.

The store owner then shot Peterson three times in the leg, according to authorities.

Besides the shotgun, Peterson also had a computer and a camera from the store when he was shot, prosecutors said.

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