85-Year-Old El Cerrito Resident Shoots Alleged Burglar in the Head

REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

On September 2, an 85-year-old El Cerrito man saw suspicious movement in his backyard, retrieved his gun, and shot one of two suspects who had allegedly entered his home. The alleged burglar sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

According to KRON 4, the man was home alone around 11:15 a.m.,”when he spotted suspicious people in his backyard.” As he retrieved his gun, the suspects allegedly made entry into the home “by breaking a back door.”

Fearing his life was in danger, the resident opened fire, forcing the suspects to flee. He then called police. As officers were responding to the call, “officers located one of the suspects on Key Boulevard near the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station.” The alleged burglar attempted to escape, but police captured him and identified him as 34-year-old Shawn Mulberry.

Mulberry had a gunshot wound to the head that he allegedly received while trying to break into the 85-year-old resident’s home. He was transported to hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. 

Police are searching for other suspects they believe may have fled the scene in “a white or gray sedan.”

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