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KCSO: Man shoots teen burglar during overnight backyard confrontation

Kern County deputies investigate a shooting a home on Webster Street in east Bakersfield, Calif., early Thursday, March 22, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said a resident shot a teenage burglar overnight after the teen tried to stab the man.

Deputies were sent around 2:20 a.m. to the 1100 block of Webster Street, near Niles and Mt. Vernon.

When deputies arrived, the resident, a man, was holding the suspect, a 17-year-old boy, at gunpoint. The resident put his gun away as deputies approached.

The Sheriff's Office determined the resident confronted the teen about breaking into his backyard shed. That's when the teen allegedly tried to stab the resident, and the resident responded by shooting the teen in the leg.

The Sheriff's Office said the teen will get medical care before being booked into Juvenile Hall.

The resident appears to have acted in self-defense and won't be arrested, the Sheriff's Office said.


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