East County News Service
March 11, 2018 (El Cajon) — Awakened by his dogs barking, a homeowner in the 1100 block of Mona Place near West Chase Avenue looked outside around 1:15 a.m. and reportedly saw a man breaking into his vehicle parked in front of the house.
“The resident armed himself with a handgun for his safety and went outside to confront the suspect,” says Lt. Walt Miller with the El Cajon Police Department, which responded to a 911 call reporting the sounds of gunfire.
A press release issued by ECPD indicates police believe a confrontation occurred and that the homeowner shot at the suspect multiple times, striking him at least once.
The suspect fled in his own vehicle and crashed into the front yard of a house in the 1000 block of Chase. Officers and paramedics responded to the crash scene, where the suspect was pronounced dead.
El Cajon Police Homicide Detectives are investigating this incident. There are no outstanding suspects and no arrests have been made.
“The victim is cooperating with this investigation,” says Lt. Miller.
Identity of the suspect, age 32, has not been released pending notification of kin by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office.