FAIR OAKS, CA - A 60-year-old Fair Oaks man took matters into his own hands when he discovered two alleged intruders in his home early Wednesday morning.
Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Ramos said a preliminary investigation revealed Jerry Rasmussen was disturbed by an unknown man in his home sometime after 2 a.m. Rasmussen drew his handgun and fired at the suspected intruder, hitting the individual at least once before the person was able to escape, said Ramos.
Rasmussen then found a second intruder standing in the doorway of one of his bedrooms and shot the person before he could flee. Rasmussen then called authorities to report the incident, said Ramos.
Deputies arrived at the home on the 6900 block of Laurel Oak Way around 2:30 a.m. and discovered one man dead from a gunshot wound to the upper body. They later received information that the second suspected intruder had shown up at a local hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound sustained while fleeing the home. Deputies responded to the hospital, identified the man as one of the alleged intruders and detained him for further interviews by detectives, Ramos said.
According to Ramos, deputies discovered evidence of forced entry to the Fair Oaks property during a subsequent investigation, and burglary was believed to be the motive.
Rasmussen cooperated with detectives during the investigation, but was later taken into custody when detectives discovered he was an ex-felon in posession of a firearm.
The suspected intruders were described as being in their 30s, but their identities were withheld.