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California homeowner arrested after shooting alleged intruders


This image, obtained by affiliate FOX40, shows Jerry Rasmussen who was arrested after shooting two alleged intruders in his California home on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (Sacramento County Sheriff's Department)

Authorities arrested a California homeowner after he shot two people who allegedly broke into his home Wednesday morning.

Jerry Rasmussen, 60, woke up sometime after 2 a.m. to find two intruders in his Fair Oaks home, according to FOX40. One of the intruders died, and the second suspect fled to a nearby hospital.

Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Ramos said deputies arrived at the home around 2:30 a.m. and found the first suspect dead from a gunshot wound. Police later learned the second suspected intruder had gone to a local hospital seeking treatment for his wound, according to a report by News10.

Deputies said they arrested Rasmussen because he is an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, FOX40 reports. He was taken to Sacramento County Jail and is expected to appear in court Friday.

Police are further investigating the incident, but believe burglary was the motive.

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