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The new owner of a California home killed the intruder, the son of the former owner.

The Callavers County Sheriff’s Office says the intruder, who was shot Sunday in a recently sold home, was the son of a former owner.

The agency’s account said Lenin Elizalde, 28, was discovered at Valley Springs House yesterday morning as new residents were entering. He refused to leave until they called 911 – and then threatened to return.

A sheriff’s deputy called by the owners found Elizalde in the area just before noon on Saturday and arrested him on suspicion of trespassing, vandalism and possession of methamphetamine, all immoral.

While he was being taken to prison, Elizadez told the deputy that the house belonged to his family and that he intended to return. Due to this threat, the deputy requested an increase in bail. The judge rejected the request, and Elizalde was released from prison at 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

About 12:25 a.m. Sunday morning, a man called 911 at the Valley Springs home. The deputies arrived in the courtyard to look for two men who said a stranger kicked in the front door and attacked one of the occupants, who was sleeping in the room. Another occupant took a gun and shot the assailant.

The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene.

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