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Homeowner Shoots, Kills Suspected Trespasser

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Only the straggling remnants of crime scene tape mark the swath of Dianne Road Turlock police officers had roped off for hours today.

Just before 8 a.m., a 911 call came into dispatchers of a shooting off Fulkerth Road, not far from Highway 99. The body of a homeless, 22-year-old man was found near this bar, not far from a field of sweet potatoes, with a fatal shotgun blast to the head.

“The subject who is deceased had been seen trespassing onto this person’s property and today, he was actually seen taking some items from the property,” Turlock officer Mayra Lewis told FOX40.

In a stretch of land that’s the line of demarcation between city and country, farm equipment and scrap metal are often left outside, a sign of country trust. According to Turlock police and neighbors who spoke to FOX40 off camera, it’s also an easy target for would-be thieves, leaving homeowners like 58-year-old Robin Boyer fed up.

“He was confronted by the homeowner and got into some kind of altercation,” Lewis said.

It was then, Turlock detectives say the shooting happened.

Neighbors on this dusty stretch of road say, surprisingly, they didn’t hear anything.

“Do you guys hear gunshots? No. It’s nighttime, it’s so quiet over here. If somebody gonna scream, you gonna hear it for a mile,” neighbor Yoav Osso told FOX40.

The case has been classified a homicide, but Boyer, who is said to be cooperating with police, has not been arrested. Turlock detectives say they will pass the case on to the Stanislaus County district attorney’s office to make the final call on charges.

Just like anytime a body is found, the case has been classified a homicide, though no arrest has been made.

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  • Doodlebug2222

    This > "“He was confronted by the homeowner and got into some kind of altercation,” Lewis said."

    The article does not indicate if the man trespassing was armed or not, but it does state he was shot in the head. While I understand this was not his property, and suposedly was seen taking items from the farm – why didn't the owner simply call the police? Or is the extreme now done first?

  • linzey

    I disagree. How could you not hear a gun shot if your so close? I am brandon pachecos little sister, the precious man that got murdered was my brother of 6 more kids, all together there was 8 of us.

    My brother was not a homeless man. I know he was in the wrong for being on sombody elses property but that gives no right to shoot somebody in their head.

    My brother was unarmed. He is such a sweetheart. He is so loving and caring. He would never do anything to hurt anybody. He would give his shoes off his own feet to somebody who didn’t have any.

    I hope the man that shot my brother does not get away with this. That man shot him for being on his property was in no harmful situation. This is not fair

  • srjsac

    Cali does not have a stand your ground law, but given the recent Zimmerman verdict the owner probably didn['t feel a need to call police. He can use the "I felt threatened " defense.