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Hesperia homeowner shoots intruder; suspect airlifted in critical condition

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) Deputies are investigating after a homeowner shot an 18-year-old intruder, later identified as Andres Sanchez of Hesperia, on Monday evening, according to Sergeant Hubbard of the Hesperia Police Station.

The incident was reported on the 7200 block of Kern Avenue near Ranchero Road in Hesperia after dispatched received calls of shots fired.

“At about 10:30 this evening, our deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence here on Kern [Avenue]. The deputies arrived to find a male subject down suffering from several gunshots,” Sgt. Hubbard told Victor Valley News.

“Through interviews of the residents there at the location, the deputies determined that a male subject, the subject that had been shot, approached the residence, the homeowner and his family were inside the residence sleeping [and] were awoken by the door being forced open by the subject,” Hubbard said.

The homeowner, a male, engaged in a confrontation at the front door with the subject then was able to retrieve a firearm from inside the residence and shoot the suspect, officials confirmed.

The intruder was airlifted to a trauma center with serious injuries. However, the condition of the suspect is unknown at this time.

Four children and several others who were inside the home did not sustain injuries, however, the homeowner was treated on scene by paramedics for minor injuries.

A man was placed in handcuffs at the residence where the shooting occurred, however, Sheriff’s officials confirmed he was not the intruder, but did not confirm why he was being detained.

The cul-de-sac where the house is located at is expected to remain closed for several hours while investigators process the scene.

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