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Police identify man shot breaking into Turlock home
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A Turlock resident shot and killed a man Monday afternoon after the man tried to break into his house.

The identity of the deceased has been identified as Juy Gastelo, 30, of Turlock. The police department was able to identify him with the assistance of the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.

At 1:01 p.m. Monday the Turlock Police Department responded to a reported shooting in the 300 block of N. Thor Street.

The first officers at the scene found a man with life-threatening gunshot injuries. Officers performed CPR on Gastelo until medical personnel arrived and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Turlock Police Lt. Stephen Webb said the initial investigation indicates Gastelo had broken into the home and was then confronted by the armed homeowner who shot him.

The homeowner was the person who reported the shooting. He remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, said Webb.

Gastelo had a previous arrest in Turlock on June 25. A police officer caught him trying to steal a bike in the 300 block of E. Main Street. He was arrested for attempted theft, narcotics possession, and possession of burglary tools. A search of the Stanislaus County court records indicate he entered a no contest plea for the attempted theft charge and the other charges were dismissed. In 2015 and this year, Gastelo had multiple arrests for drug possession, petty theft, possession of stolen property, and burglary.

The shooting happened just as hundreds of children and families were strolling through the downtown area to participate in the annual trick-or-treat event. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 664-7324.