Antioch resident disarms and kills intruder with his own gun, police say

Via Robert Solanga | Contra Costa Times | February14th, 2012

ANTIOCH — A man whose evening watching TV with his young son was interrupted by a gunman kicking in his front door fought back and killed the intruder with his own gun, police said.

News of the violence startled residents of the bucolic neighborhood nestled a block from the Lone Tree Golf Course, lined by manicured lawns, assorted shrubbery and a smattering of young palm trees.

According to police, the resident was inside his home in the 4800 block of Wexler Peak Way about 8:20 p.m. and getting his son ready for bed when he heard the doorbell ring repeatedly. He went to the front door but, upon looking through a side window, didn’t see anyone outside.

Seconds later, a man kicked in the front door, sparking a struggle where the resident wrested away the intruder’s handgun and shot him several times, police said. The wounded man stumbled into the front yard where he collapsed on the lawn.

Neither the resident nor his 7-year-old son was injured. The deceased man has since been identified as 18-year-old Jeremiah Stovall of Antioch.

Acting Lt. Diane Aguinaga said the resident and Stovall had no connection to each other and that the home was likely chosen at random, possibly because of its location at a street corner. In her experience, she said, would-be burglars target such a home partly because they can park on the side of a street without drawing suspicion.

The homeowner cooperated with police and was questioned and released by detectives, Aguinaga said.

Around the same time officers responded to the shooting, they caught and arrested a suspected accomplice, Aguinaga said. The suspect, a woman whose identity was not immediately released, apparently ran away from the home after hearing gunfire.

Aguinaga said the suspect is linked to a case in West Contra Costa from January when Stovall was arrested on suspicion of weapons offenses. County court records show that he was convicted in August 2011 of receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon.

The death remains under investigation, and anyone with information for police can contact Detective Desmond Bittner at 925-779-6939.