Armed homeowner kills gunman during break-in

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LEMON GROVE, Calif. -- A gunman was killed and a homeowner's son was shot during a break-in at a Lemon Grove residence early Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies were sent to investigate the fatal shooting at 2448 Edding Drive near Mount Vernon Street around 2 a.m. They found the homeowners son, 22-year-old Francisco Suarez Jr., in the front yard with a bullet wound to the stomach.

Adrian Suarez, Francisco Sr.'s son, rushed to the home after getting a text from his injured brother.

“Who knows what happened internally with [Francisco Suarez Jr.], but I was glad he was able to walk and talk,” Adrian Suarez told FOX 5.

Some deputies stayed with the wounded man, administering first aid until paramedics arrived.

Other deputies went inside, where they found Francisco Suarez Sr., who was not injured, and the dead intruder. Early reports speculated that the dead gunman was only 14 years old, but sheriff's Lt. Kenn Nelson said he appeared to be much older than that.

"From what we can tell, the person who was inside who was deceased is not a 14-year-old teenager," Nelson said. "They look to be more in their early 20s."

The second gunman, who fled the home after the shootings, is an adult male, but deputies have not released a description of the man yet.

It's not clear whether the suspects and victims knew each other, but Adrian says his dad would take action if his kids were in danger.


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