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Update: Police say homeowner fired at trespasser in his back yard

September 20, 2018

The Lake Havasu City Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred Wednesday evening near the intersection of Osborn Drive and Oro Grande Boulevard.

The incident was reported in the 3000 block of Osborn Drive, where witnesses told police shots were fired. The first officer on the scene heard gunshots coming from the back yard of a nearby residence, according to a statement from Lake Havasu City Police Lt. Shane Sloma. Two residents were evacuated from the home and officers created a perimeter around the area.

The homeowner emerged shortly afterward, and provided a statement to officers. He and other occupants said they heard two gunshots, and saw what they believed to be muzzle flashes in their back yard. The homeowner armed himself and went outside to investigate. In his backyard, the homeowner told police he saw what he believed to be a person hiding in his yard. According to Sloma, the homeowner said the unknown person may have pointed a gun at him, and the homeowner fired several times before the alleged trespasser fled over the wall of his property.

Havasu Police investigators conducted a thorough search of the house and surrounding area, Sloma said, but they were unable to locate evidence of a trespasser on the property or evidence of shots fired.

According to Sloma, investigators believe it is likely the homeowner believed he was protecting himself from what he believed to be a deadly threat, and charges have not been filed.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Lake Havasu City Police Department’s criminal investigations unit at 928-855-1171.

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