Homeowner kills home invader
Originally published here
Waukegan shooting ruled self-defense
By Tony Gordon Daily Herald Legal
Posted on April 10, 2001
Authorities said a Waukegan man was acting in
self-defense when he shot and killed a member of a group beating him early
But Jason Sanchez, 20, will face a misdemeanor
charge because he did not have a Firearms Owner's Identification card for the
pistol he used, police said Monday.
The man who was shot, Esteban Gomez, 19, of
Waukegan, died of a single gunshot wound to the heart about 1:15 a.m. Sunday,
said Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Mermel.
Police said Gomez was one of a group of up to
15 people who barged into a house in the 400 block of Cummings Street and
confronted Sanchez, a visitor to the house.
"We are confident that the Waukegan police
conducted a thorough investigation and the witness statements corroborate Mr.
Sanchez's version of events," Mermel said. "People on both sides of
what went on inside that house told essentially the same story."
The group, all men believed to be members of
the same street gang, knocked on the door of the house and asked to speak to the
owner, police said. Told the owner was out of town, the men went in and asked if
Sanchez was there, police said.
One of the intruders punched Sanchez in the
face and then between five and six of them began hitting and kicking him as he
fell to the floor, police said.
Sanchez pulled a .25 caliber semiautomatic
pistol out of his pocket and fired once into the group standing over him, police
The bullet hit Gomez, who ran from the house,
police said. A few seconds later, a shot from a .40 caliber gun was fired
through the front door of the house.
Police found Gomez lying in an alley not far
from the house where Sanchez was attacked. He was taken to St. Therese Medical
Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sanchez was charged with the misdemeanor after
six people at the house, including four with the group of attackers, confirmed
his story, police said. Sanchez was released from custody with an order to
appear in court on May 18. He could not be reached for comment Monday.
Police said they were not sure why the group
Sanchez faces up to one year in jail and a
$2,500 fine if convicted of the weapons charge. It is possible other
participants in the fray could also face charges, Mermel said.
KABA NOTE: 15 people burst into HIS home,
and he's going to be charged for defending HIS life. How long are people
going to take this nonsense?
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