Jim Dozier was interviewed by KION 46 regarding the shooting of an intruder in a home:
SALINAS, Calif. – A teenager was shot dead Wednesday and neighbors say it was a case of self defense. The victim was identified as 19 year old Miguel Medina, Jr.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office believes Medina broke into a home at 286 Pingree Way just after 12:30 p.m.
When deputies arrived on scene, they found Medina on the floor of the open garage with an automatic weapon slung around his shoulders. He had been shot and killed. Medina was identified through fingerprints.
During the initial break in, Monterey County Sheriff Investigators believe Medina got into an argument with someone at the home and gunshots were exchanged.
Darrel Hathaway, a neighbor, told Central Coast News the house has been vandalized before.
Hathaway also told Central Coast News the incident was caught on the families home security camera. Hathaway said, “They were in the living room talking and his son saw someone walk into the garage with a gun in his hand. So his son got up and got a gun himself and walked out to see what was going on.”
Sheriff Investigator Terry Kaiser told Central Coast News it’s possible the homeowner’s son may not be charged with any crime if the shooting was in self defense.
“If you in any way feel threatened, you have the right to defend yourself, your property and your homestead,” said Kaiser.
Central Coast News spoke to Charles Halliday, a neighbor, who said, “Finally the owners got to strike back. I can safely tell Salinas and the surrounding area, strike one for the good guys!”
“Maybe the others will take this as a hint that we’re not going to put up with it anymore, we’re going to protect our homes at any cost,” said Holiday.
Anyone with information involving this case is asked to contact Investigator Saheen Jorgensen or Investigative Sergeant Terry Kaiser at 831-755-3772.
You can also call the Tip Line number at 1-888-833-4847.
Submitted by Central Coast News Anchor Marc Cota-Robles