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Homeowner, intruder fire shots after break-in

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a home break-in that ended with an exchange of gunfire between the homeowner and the intruder.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

The break-in was reported shortly after 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at a home in the 4100 block of Wild Lilac Drive.

The homeowner told the police that he was upstairs when he heard a noise downstairs. He went down to investigate and saw that an unknown person had forced his way into the home via the back of the entrance, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The homeowner was armed and confronted the intruder, who ran out of the home and got into an awaiting vehicle, Parmley said.

“The homeowner heard what he perceived to be a gunshot from the intruder and then discharged his handgun at the vehicle,” Parmley said.

Officers found evidence of the shooting inside the home and a neighborhood canvas turned up bullet impact marks on nearby vehicles that were parked in the 1300 block of W. Springer Drive.

The vehicle was described as a gray Porsche sedan and SUV crossover. Witnesses reported seeing it head westbound on W. Springer Drive. It’s unknown how many occupants were in the vehicle.

“The scene was processed, evidence was collected, witnesses were interviewed and video surveillance was reviewed,” Parmley said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at