Police: Woman Fatally Shot After Boyfriend Confronts Burglars Trying to Break Into Vehicle in Riverside

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A woman was shot by burglars after a man tried to scare them off, police say. (Credit: KTLA)

A woman was shot by burglars after a man tried to scare them off, police say. (Credit: KTLA)

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A woman was shot to death in Riverside after her boyfriend confronted two burglars who were apparently trying to break into a vehicle near their apartment early Thursday morning, police said.

Around 3:45 a.m., the man awoke to the sounds of a truck being broken into across the street from the victims' residence, located in the 3800 block of Cedar Street, according to Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback.

He yelled out the window in an apparent effort to spook the burglars, who got into a white compact sedan and sped off, according to Railsback.

Moments later, gunfire erupted from outside the couple's building.

The suspects "appeared to be leaving, but then just a real short time later, drove by and fired the one shot," Railsback told KTLA, adding he was unsure what prompted them to return to the residence and open fire.

The woman was struck in the back by the gunfire, the officer said. Paramedics transported her to a local hospital where she was later pronounce dead.

Riverside County coroner's officials identified the victim as Linda Ferguson, 50, of Riverside.

The man and Ferguson lived together and were believed to be boyfriend and girlfriend, according to Railsback.

At least two to three vehicle break-ins were reported in the immediate area to police after they responded to the shooting, Railsback said.

A description of the burglars or their vehicle was not immediately released. The shooter was only described as being a man.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Detective Adrian Tillett at 951-353-7105 or atillett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Karla Corbett at 951- 353-7134 or kcorbett@riversideca.gov.

KTLA's Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this story. 

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