A homeowner in Santa Clarita fatally shot a man who allegedly tried to break into his apartment, authorities said.
The shooting was reported around 9:10 p.m. in the 26000 block of Isabella Parkway in the Canyon Country area, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
When deputies arrived, they found a man in his 40s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the news release.
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The homeowner and witnesses told deputies that the man was trying to enter the homeowner's apartment after he was told several times to leave and did not comply, according to the news release.
The man then broke a window and began to climb inside the apartment when the homeowner shot him, according to the news release.
The homeowner was being detained at the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station pending additional investigation, according to the news release.
Neighbors who live in the complex said they heard someone pounding the door, and heard him shouting for the man to leave. They say they also heard about six shots.
Kelly Norwood, who lives in the complex, broke down in tears.
The unit number where the shooting occurred is 203."
She lives in another unit labeled 203 -- a labeling issue that occurs multiple times in the complex -- and worries what could have happened if the alleged intruder had shown up at the wrong unit.
"My son was just diagnosed with a mental illness. He could have been this guy going up stairs and this location and gets killed," Norwood said.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Oleevia Woo, Corey Arvin and Jane Yamamoto contributed to this report.