Wife fatally shoots intoxicated man who was fighting her husband outside couple’s front door and trying to force his way into home. She got gun the day before.
DAVE URBANSKI | September 26, 2022
A California woman fatally shot an intoxicated man who was fighting her husband outside the couple’s front door and trying to force his way into their home over the weekend, the Stanislaus County sheriff’s office said. Authorities said it appears 22-year-old Angelo Santana became heavily intoxicated Saturday and tried to force entry into a home in the 500 block of Ashwood Lane in Patterson, which is about a half-hour southwest of Modesto. The house belongs to 50-year-old woman and her 45-year-old husband, the sheriff’s office said. The husband tried to physically restrain Santana, and the two men got into a “significant fight near the threshold of the front-door,” authorities said, citing a review of external and internal video surveillance footage and statements from witnesses.
The wife got a revolver from the upstairs bedroom and “fired all rounds” into Santana, authorities said, adding that she had acquired the revolver only the day before.
“The fight with the homeowner was a pretty violent one,” sheriff’s Sgt. Luke Schwartz told the Modesto Bee via text. “Can only imagine how terrifying it must’ve been for these folks.”
Patrol deputies were dispatched to the home around 10:20 p.m. after a report of shots fired, authorities said, adding that the reporting party got a phone call from a female, Mandarin-speaking neighbor saying she had just shot and killed an intruder.
Law enforcement arrived at the home and found an unresponsive, deceased adult male near the entryway, authorities said.
The husband suffered minimal physical injuries, including scrapes and scratches, during his fight with Santana “trying to defend his home,” the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators have made no arrests, authorities said, adding that preliminary findings indicate the incident was “strictly self-defense” and that the homeowners are fully cooperating with detectives.
Santana had a “history of alcohol substance abuse, wherein he would regularly show-up unannounced trying to find friends and acquaintances of his in the same neighborhood,” authorities said, citing interviews with those familiar with Santana. Authorities also said Santana was not armed at the time of the shooting.
There were no children in the house, Schwartz also told the Bee, which reported that there’s no indication the couple had any previous contact with Santana.