Posted: 6:57 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014

Homeowner fatally shoots burglary suspect

    Burglary suspect shot, killed
    Burglary suspect shot, killed


    A 20-year-old suspect was fatally shot during a burglary at an Orange County home early Saturday morning, according to the sheriff's office.

    Deputies said they responded to a home on the 2700 block of Elmhurst Circle shortly after 3 a.m after receiving reports of a burglary in progress.

    "As we were responding, we learned that a black male was shot inside the residence," Lt. Paul Hopkins, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said.

    Investigators said the homeowner, Usaf-Ali Castle, took the burglary suspect's gun and started shooting.

    "He dropped the gun. When I picked it up, he separated from my friend and I shot him couple times," Castle said.

    The suspect was pronounced deceased inside the home, officials said. He was identified as 20-year-old Clifford Johnson.

    At this point, Castle is not facing any charges in connection with the shooting. Anyone with any further information about the incident is asked to call Crimeline.

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