Biehl said the investigation so far has revealed the man fired multiple shots from a .38-caliber revolver when he encountered three individuals in the detached garage of his home in the 800 block of Conners Street on Wednesday night.
The garage was not secured. The three were in a car. The man heard voices and noises coming from the garage and went outside, armed, to see what was going on, the chief said.
The third individual, who was not hit in the gunfire, ran but returned when he saw police and firefighters arrive on the property. Police arrested him on a pending charge of breaking and entering.
“There was some drug activity occurring at that time” when the encounter occurred, Biehl said, “but exactly what they were doing, intending to do, is not clear.”
Biehl said he’s sure the three boys knew each other but beyond that police don’t know the nature of their relationship.
The resident now is staying with a family member. Biehl did not publicly release the name of the man or the third individual.
He reiterated that police have a lot of work to do in the investigation, mainly because the law on justifiable self-defense has changed. The burden now is on prosecutors to prove that a person did not act in self-defense in cases such as the Conners Street homicides.
Biehl also said police have not yet searched the car the three individuals were in, police don’t know whether the teenagers were armed and investigators have to verify the man’s claims he has been a prior victim of crime.