Man fatally shot in Ramona identified

Shane Tatro died from gunshot wound to abdomen

RAMONA, Calif. -  

Authorities Friday released the name of a man who was fatally shot last weekend during a dispute with three fellow Ramona residents at their home.
 
Shane M. Tatro, 38, went to the house in the 1300 block of Walnut Street about 3 p.m. Sunday and got into an argument with the homeowner, according to sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.
 
The confrontation soon turned physical, and the resident's two adult sons got involved, with one of them retrieving a shotgun from the home and wielding it while ordering Tatro to leave, the lieutenant said.
 
Tatro refused to go, and the homeowner eventually took the weapon from his son. The father then got into a "tug of war" with the intruder for control of the shotgun, the Giannantonio said. The struggle ended when the firearm discharged into Tatro's abdomen.
 
Medics airlifted the wounded man to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where he died several hours later, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
 
There have been no arrests in the case, though the investigation remains open, Giannantonio said Friday afternoon.
 
The homeowner and his sons have cooperated with homicide detectives investigating the death, giving statements indicating that the shooting was either self-defense or an accident, the lieutenant said. All three -- whose names were withheld -- said they had never met Tatro prior to the deadly confrontation.
 
Tatro, also a Ramona resident, evidently went to the other men's home for a specific reason, according to sheriff's officials. Giannantonio declined to reveal what was believed to have motivated the visit, citing concerns over compromising the ongoing investigation.
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