A violent gun battle inside a rural home near Orosi early Tuesday ended with a robbery victim shot multiple times, one suspect dead and a second seriously wounded, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office said.
The exchange of gunfire took place at what appears to be a recently constructed home near a stand of olive trees in the 42400 block of Road 140.
Deputies say four siblings -- ages 22, 18, 11 and 8 -- were in the home just before 6 a.m. when the 22-year-old man heard the sound of someone breaking through a door, then saw a least two people in his home. The man got a handgun out of a safe and confronted the suspects. Deputies say the man and at least one intruder exchanged fire.
The man was hit by multiple rounds, as were two intruders. One suspect died at the scene as the second suspect tried unsuccessfully to pull the first to a getaway vehicle.
The second suspect was driven in a van by two other suspects to Keweah Delta Medical Center. A security camera at the hospital captured the arrival. The sheriff's office did not provide the suspects' gender.
The van was described as a gray 1990 Chevrolet Astrovan with license number 7CHR190. Anyone with information about the van or the suspects is asked to call (800) 808-0488.
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