Sheriff’s Office: Modesto homeowner shoots home intruder during gunfight; suspect dies

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The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday a suspected intruder died after an exchange of gunfire with a homeowner Friday afternoon.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Rodney Lee Martin.

Investigators say the homeowner was alerted to a break-in at his home by an alarm company monitoring the house.

The homeowner found Martin inside when he arrived, and deputies say Martin shot at the homeowner multiple times with a previously-reported stolen gun.

The homeowner was able to return fire and a gunfight ensued, according to officials.

Deputies say the homeowner was able to disarm Martin after Martin suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

After disarming Martin, the homeowner called 911, according to investigators.

When deputies arrived, Martin was found dead inside the home.

Deputies say the homeowner is fully cooperating with the investigation. No arrests have been made.


Original story below.

MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A suspected intruder was reportedly shot and killed Friday at a home in southwest Modesto.

Around 12:40 p.m., deputies said they got a call of a person shot on West Service Road near Jennings Road in Modesto.

When deputies arrived, they found a man dead inside the home with at least one gunshot wound.

Deputies told FOX40 it’s still early in their investigation, but at this point, they believe the homeowner was alerted to a break-in at his home and returned to the house to find an intruder inside.

“He did receive some sort of an alert that there was an activation on the property,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Erich Layton. “When he arrived, he located what seems to be the now deceased, unidentified male on the property. At some point, that individual, not the homeowner, but the unidentified individual suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased.” 

Stanislaus County deputies said, as of Friday afternoon, they did not have anyone in custody for the shooting, but the investigation had just begun. 

This is the second deadly shooting of a suspected intruder at a home in the Modesto area. Tuesday night, a homeowner opened fire and killed 32-year-old Pearl Fierro. 

The sheriff’s office said Fierro allegedly used a fire extinguisher to break a sliding glass door at the elderly couple’s home before threatening to kill the homeowners.

Her body was found in one of the homeowners’ parked cars.

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