Man who repeatedly broke into his old home shot dead by new owners

A man was shot and killed after breaking into his former California home twice in the same weekend.

Lennin Elizalde, 28, the son of the former homeowner, forced his way into the Valley Springs house on Oct. 9, according to a press release from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The new occupants of the house, who had just moved in that day, found Elizalde in their home and refusing to leave so they called 911. Elizalde left before officers arrived but warned the owners he intended on returning to the home, which he said he believed was still his, as per KCRA.

A short time later police caught up with Elizalde and charged him with illegal entry, possession of meth and vandalism charges, according to the report.

A judge denied law enforcement’s request for a large bail in light of his threat because the suspect was not charged with a felony, the report stated.

Elizalde then returned to the house in Valley Springs just after midnight on Oct. 10 kicking the front door open and attacking one of the occupants who was sleeping in the living room, the police statement said.

“During the altercation, one of the occupants was knocked to the floor. While on the ground and while attempting to stand up and fight off Lennin, the second occupant discharged his pistol more than one time towards Lennin. Lennin was struck and fell to the floor,” police said.

Occupants not charged

Emergency services attended the scene and Elizalde was pronounced dead.

Both assault victims were taken to a local hospital for the injuries sustained by Elizalde’s attack and later released.

The new owners had recently bought the home through a real estate company, according to the article. The property was empty when they bought it and Lennin did not have any personal items or legal reason to return, police said.

The occupants were not charged in connection with Elizadle’s death, the report said.

I can’t imagine how frightening this situation was for the new occupants, leaving them feeling like they had no choice but to defend themselves by shooting Lennin, an act that will stay with them forever.

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