FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, (714) 904-7042/Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840
Deceased Suspect Identified in Home-Intrusion
YORBA LINDA, CA – (October 28, 2013) – On Sunday, October 27, 2013 at approximately 3:15 a.m., deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call for service at a residence in the 5100 block of Wendover Road. Deputies arrived and discovered Paul Michael Bracamontes, 22, Fullerton, deceased from a gunshot wound suffered as a result of being shot by the homeowner.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the adult male and female homeowners were awakened to the sound of Bracamontes yelling and screaming in the backyard of the residence. The male homeowner confronted Bracamontes while the female homeowner called the Sheriff’s Department (911). Bracamontes continued to scream and threaten harm to the homeowner from the backyard through the closed sliding glass door. During the verbal confrontation between Bracamontes and the male homeowner, Bracamontes shattered the rear sliding glass door of the residence. Bracamontes subsequently made entry into the residence through the shattered glass door when the shooting occurred. Both the male and female homeowners have indicated they did not know Bracamontes and had never seen him before. The homeowners were interviewed by investigators at the scene and subsequently released.
Interviews with relatives of Bracamontes revealed that he attended a party early Saturday evening. Relatives indicated Bracamontes was hallucinating earlier in the night and was heard making several inappropriate comments regarding “zombies” and wanting a gun. Relatives stated that Bracamontes left the party and had not been seen or heard from since.
Bracamontes’ autopsy is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow, October 29, 2013. Results of toxicology tests will reveal whether or not Bracamontes was under the influence at the time of the shooting but will not be available for 8-12 weeks.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.
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