Bakersfield man shoots home-invasion suspect

Police investigate a home invasion and shooting Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, 2015, on El Toro Drive in Bakersfield, Calif.

A resident shot one of two armed men in an overnight home invasion, according to police.

Two masked men broke into a home around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday on El Toro Drive, near South H Street and Highway 58. Those men had guns, police said.

A man, woman and three children were home at the time. The male resident armed himself and shot at the men, according to police.

The home-invaders, whose names were withheld, ran off in different directions, police said. Responding officers encountered one of those men, who had been shot.

Police offered the following description for the other suspect: Hispanic man, 20s, heavy build, short dark hair, black jacket, blue bandanna, light-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Two guns were recovered from the scene, one belonging to the family and the other from a suspect.

"If you can possess a gun legally, and you are inside your home, and somebody comes in and threatens you or your family, and you believe that they are going to cause significant injury or death to you or your family, you have a right to defend yourself up to and including the use of a firearm or deadly force," police Sgt. Gary Carruesco said.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Detective Jim Moore at (661) 326-3540.

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