EL CERRITO, Calif. (KTVU) – An 85-year-old man shot one of two intruders in the head as they tried to break into his home on Wednesday morning, according to El Cerrito Police.
The incident happened on Cutting Blvd. just east of Arlington Blvd in the El Cerrito Hills neighborhood around 11:15 a.m., according to Lt. Steve Bonini.
Bonini said at least two men knocked on the door of a home in the neighborhood, but when no one answered, they went to the back yard. He said an 85-year-old man called police to report that he was home alone and spotted suspicious people in his backyard.
“They entered the gate, came through the back and were in the process of kicking down the back door,” Bonini said of the suspects.
Fearing for his safety, the 85-year-old armed himself with a gun and opened fire when he came face to face with the suspected burglars.
One suspect took off running and was located approximately 15 blocks away from the house near the Del Norte BART station where police discovered he had been shot in the head.
“It is kind of amazing to think that a person with a bullet in their head was able to travel that distance and run from police once they saw him,” Bonini said.
Police identified that suspect at 34-year-old Shawn Mulberry of Oakland who reportedly had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating his parole. He is being treated at an East Bay hospital and is listed in serious, but stable condition.
At least one other suspect fled in a car that was described as a white or grey sedan. Investigators are searching for footage from home security cameras for additional clues.
Neighbors are calling the 85-year-old a hero.
“When an 85-year-old can take on a thug like that, absolutely he’s a hero," area resident Neil Swendsen said. “He did the whole community a service by putting these bad guys out of action and we’re very proud of him.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call El Cerrito Police at 510-215-4400.