Police: Self-defense is likely in shooting of two teens

Two teenagers killed during an attempted burglary in a North Sacramento home early Sunday were likely shot in self-defense, Sacramento police said, though detectives continued to investigate the shootings.

Sacramento County coroner’s officials on Sunday evening had not yet released the identities of the two males who were killed. Police would not say who fired the fatal rounds, but Officer Michelle Gigante, a police spokeswoman, said the shootings “appear to be self-defense.”

Officers received a call of a burglary in progress about 12:18 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Arcade Boulevard. The address and the couple inside were familiar to law enforcement because they were repeated victims of break-ins.

“There is a history of being victims of crime in the past,” Gigante said.

Officers arrived minutes later to find the two teenagers shot inside the home. Sacramento fire personnel pronounced the two dead at the scene. Investigators said their preliminary probe showed one of the home’s occupants confronted the would-be burglars with a weapon and fired. It was not known whether the teens were armed.

No one else in the home was hurt, Gigante said, and no arrests have been made.

“Both occupants have been cooperative. We got their account of what happened, but it’s an ongoing investigation,” Gigante said.

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