Man Accused Of Shooting Alleged Sacramento Car Thief
3:14 p.m. PDT April 4, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A south Sacramento man who told police he was defending his property was arrested early Wednesday after shooting a teenager who was allegedly trying to steal his car, authorities said. Police said 42-year-old Sou Saechin told them he accidentally shot the teen at about 3 a.m. on Rock Creek Way.
But officials said Saechin went too far in trying to protect his red Honda.
"What we try to stress to people is that deadly force, the use of a firearm, is never justified under any circumstances to protect property," said Sgt. Matt Young of the Sacramento Police Department.
Police said Saechin came outside of his home armed with a .22-caliber rifle and confronted three alleged burglars.
Saechin fired one shot, hitting one of the alleged burglars in the chest. The three fled the scene, police said.
Saechin's wife said her husband was not trying to kill anyone but only wanted to warn the robbers.
Saechin was taken to jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $30,000.
The injured teenager was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center for treatment and is expected to survive. Police said they are looking for two other people who were involved in the attempted theft. The men were described as Asian and between 18 and 20 years old.