The resident of an Oceanside, California, home was badly outnumbered when an armed group broke in after midnight last week as part of an attempted robbery.
But this particular resident also was armed — and foiled the crooks' plan after pulling the trigger with deadly accuracy.
Oceanside officers were called to the home on Moonstone Bay Drive near Marblehead Bay Drive just after 1:15 a.m. and determined that the resident "retrieved a gun and shot at the suspects," hitting at least one of them, police spokesperson Jennifer Atenza told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The suspected group consisted of five men and one woman, the paper said.
"The resident reached for the firearm and then shots were fired," Atenza added to the Union-Tribune. "We know that at least one of the suspects was armed and returned fire."
The crooks took off and left behind their shot comrade, police told KSWB-TV, adding that despite the administration of medical aid, the shot suspect — a 31-year-old man whose name has not been released — was pronounced dead in the home.
The resident was not injured, the Union-Tribune said.
Vehicle pulled over
Other responding officers pulled over a vehicle nearby containing several people, and one of them — a 29-year-old man — had been shot, the paper said, adding that he was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition.
"It is unknown at this time if this same resident shot the second suspect, who is currently in the hospital, or if this suspect was shot by one of the other suspects who were also armed with a gun," Atenza added to the Union-Tribune.
Police said they arrested five people on suspicion of murder and robbery: Deshawn Ingram, 29, of Oceanside; Eric Dunnigan, 21, of Vista; Michael Simmons, 21, of San Diego; Jaylen Harvey, 24, of Oceanside; and Sydni Tucker, 25, of Oceanside, the paper said.
Murder charges pursued against all five suspects
Atenza added to KSWB that even though no one in the group is suspected of shooting the suspect who died, the San Diego County District Attorney's office was pursuing murder charges against them since the suspect died in commission of a felony that the group was involved in.
Ingram — the second shot suspect — was already convicted of a recent assault with a deadly weapon and had been out on bail while awaiting his sentence, police added to the station.
The resident is not suspected of a crime, officials added to KSWB.
Atenza didn't know how many weapons police seized or if anyone else was home at the time of the incident, the station said, adding that no information about the resident was released.