TURLOCK, CA - The girlfriend and sister of 25-year-old Brandon Pacheco said Wednesday they want justice after Pacheco was shot and killed Tuesday by a Turlock homeowner.
"Everybody makes mistakes, it was a mistake," girlfriend Leah Rojas said. "He didn't deserve to die for that mistake.I want to see justice met."
Turlock police said Pacheco was killed during a confrontation with the resident of a home west of Highway 99. The 58-year-oldhomeowner told police he recognized Pacheco from previous trespassing incidents. He said Pachecowas carrying stolen itemswhen they confronted each other.
Police aren't saying if the gunman felt threatened before Tuesday's shooting and information from the incident has been forwarded to theStanislaus County District Attorney's office. A spokesperson fromthe D.A.'soffice said deadly violence is typically allowed when someone feels threatened and needs to act in self defense.
Pacheco's sister didn't deny the unemployed man had a criminal record, but was certain he wasn't being violent at the time of the shooting.
"He's nice, he'd never do anything to hurt anyone," Pacheco's sister said. "Just because he's been to jail for stealing, he doesn't have to die. He's dead for what, being on someone's property?"
Late Wednesday, police still hadn't released the name of the man killed.News10 learned the identity from Rojas, who contacted the station, hoping to make a statement about the incident.
By Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org