A resident opened fire and critically wounded an intruder who had forced his way into a home in Hesperia Monday night.
Deputies responded to a burglary in progress call in the 7200 block of Kern Avenue about 9:39 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
“They were awakened by their door being forced open by the subject,” Sgt. Doug Hubbard said at the scene.
Investigators are not sure why the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Andres Sanchez, chose to try to get into the home but he was confronted by a resident who called 911 and armed himself, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
As Sanchez entered the home, the resident fired several shots, striking Sanchez in the upper body.
Sanchez was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center in critical condition. Authorities did not say if the suspect will be arrested nor, if so, on suspicion of what charges.
The unidentified resident suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics. Four children inside the home at the time were not injured, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Authorities recovered the gun used during the incident and were continuing to investigate.
A spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department said the homeowner was not arrested; a report will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review, she said.
Anyone with information was asked to call investigators at 760-947-1500.