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An armed homeowner shot one of two men involved in a failed home invasion in southern California earlier this month.

According to KBAK/KBFX, two masked men armed with guns broke into a home located on El Toro Drive in Bakersfield at around 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 15. A man, woman and three children were inside the residence.

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At some point during the break-in, the male resident managed to grab a gun and open fire, shooting one suspect multiple times. The would-be home invaders ran in different directions, and the wounded perpetrator was arrested by police near the home. The second suspect remains at large.

Police recovered two guns at the scene, one belonging to the homeowner and the other belonging to one of the suspects, KBAK/KBFX reported.

The homeowner is not likely to face charges as a result of the shooting.

“If you can possess a gun legally, and you are inside your home, and somebody comes in and threatens you or your family, and you believe that they are going to cause significant injury or death to you or your family, you have a right to defend yourself up to and including the use of a firearm or deadly force,” police Sgt. Gary Carruesco said.

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Police are still searching for the second home invader, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s with a heavy build and short dark hair. He was wearing a black jacket, blue bandanna and a light-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Read more: http://www.bakersfieldnow.com

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