A man neighbors said had been “behaving strangely” in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Shadow Mountain Court in Pleasant Hill was shot and killed by a resident who reportedly opened fire when the man broke into his residence.
The dead man was identified Wednesday as 46-year-old John Kruetz of Pleasant Hill.
The incident was reported at 5:45 p.m. and quickly energized the neighborhood as frantic residents called police to report on Kruetz’s antics, exacerbated as he reportedly began to pound on windows and doors in the area.
“I didn’t see it, but I heard some of it,” said a man who gave his name only as Chris. “There was some shouting and yelling and then I heard shots, I think they were shots… and then there was nothing but sirens.”
Pleasant Hill police said they heard “a number” of gunshots upon arrival, locating Kruetz in the living room of a home down with a gunshot wound to the head. The incident was also overheard by 911 dispatchers who had taken a call for help from the targeted residence. Kruetz was transported to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek where he was pronounced deceased.
Investigators said involved parties and witnesses “remained on scene and have been cooperative.” No other suspects are being sought in the matter and it was not immediately known if Kruetz and the homeowner knew one another.
Why does CPD have this down as a homicide?
Any death at the hands of another person (as opposed to death by natural causes or by non-criminally-negligent accident) is a homicide.
“Homicide” includes justifiable or excusable homicide, such as in self-defense or defense of another person.
Thank you….. I wondered about that too
At least they won’t be pinning this one on a cop. I can’t listen to John Burriss again.
We have the right to defend ourselves. but this will traumatic for that home owner
I hope that’s still the case!
The way things seem to favor the criminal now, it wouldn’t surprised me if the owner is charged with murder, and possible race hate crime depending on who the intruder was. I’m sure this traumatized the homeowner and will forever. Doesn’t need legal troubles now too. I hope we watch this one.
We seem to be in a strange new normal.
Wondering if the decedent has a history of criminal and/or mental health issues,
Regardless, unlawful entry cannot be condoned.
Clearly mental health issues.
Drug addictions, including alcohol use disorder, ARE mental illnesses as per thr DSM V. See link to ISC-10 codes, below.