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Homeowner shoots trespasser after confrontation

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 10:59:13-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - An Escondido homeowner opened fire on a man he claimed broke into his home early Wednesday morning, sheriff's deputies said.

According to deputies, at about 1:30 a.m., the homeowner heard loud talking outside of his house in the 15900 block of Highland Valley Road and spotted a stranger on his property.

Deputies said the stranger asked to go inside the house so he could wait for a taxi, but the homeowner refused his request. However, the man tried to get inside the house, prompting the homeowner to grab a gun and fire multiple shots, hitting the stranger at least once.

The stranger made his way inside the house and barricaded himself in the master bedroom. Meanwhile, the homeowner's two teen daughters were inside the house but in a different room.

As he called 911, the homeowner trapped the intruder in the bedroom. Responding deputies were able to safely escort the two teens from the house.

Deputies surrounded the master bedroom and called the man to come out, and he eventually surrendered without incident.

The intruder was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies said he was released from the hospital and "booked into custody for an unrelated warrant and with further charges pending."

The homeowner and other family members inside the house were not injured.