Police officials in Ontario, Calif., are investigating the shooting death of 24-year-old Thomas Gilbert Manzano as a homicide, even though he was allegedly intruding on the property and making threats to residents.
Manzano had been drinking for several hours before he decided to go to the apartment where he allegedly thought some friends were squatting. The apartment, however, was not vacant. When he knocked on the door, the resident turned him away and Manzano threatened him.
The resident told NBC 4 News that Manzano forced his way into the apartment through a bedroom window where his adult son was sleeping. Then Manzano allegedly attacked the son.
When the father heard the attack, he grabbed his gun from another room and shot Manzano several times. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
Police said the resident and his son have cooperated with police, but the shooting is still being investigated as a homicide. No charges have been brought against the residents. It is up to the district attorney to decide whether the shooting was justified.
Manzano was unarmed when he was shot.
"The homeowner, the citizen, has to be able to articulate or apply the appropriate amount of force that was done against them,” said Ontario Police Sgt. David McBride.
Manzano’s family claim that he was confused and simply made a mistake when he broke into the apartment. The father of two young children, they believe Manzano did not deserve to die.
"Just because you have a gun and its registered, doesn't give you the right to kill somebody," Manzano’s uncle, who identified himself only as Alfonso, told NBC Los Angeles.