Andrew Garcia graduated to the morgue after breaking into a Rialto, CA home and getting into an altercation with the gun-carrying homeowner.
Andrew Garcia graduated to the morgue after breaking into a Rialto, CA home and getting into an altercation with the gun-carrying homeowner.

Boys and girls, that is what we call an “evergreen” headline, because the story remains the same, and only the details of why, where and when seems to change.

The family of a Rialto man who was shot and killed while allegedly breaking into a neighbor’s home Sunday night is disputing the homeowner’s account of what happened.

Police received a call from a female homeowner around 11:30 p.m. reporting that Andy Garcia, 20, was trying to enter her home through a window. Garcia and the male homeowner then got into a confrontation and Garcia was shot several times with a handgun, according to Rialto police.

Garcia’s family member, however, are questioning the shooter’s side of the story.

“That’s impossible. He doesn’t have a record, he wasn’t even in that, like, state of mind,” Maxine Flores, Garcia’s mother, told KTLA-TV Channel 5.

It’s an interesting choice of words that the decedent’s  mother chose, isn’t it?

Flores didn’t say that Garcia was someone who was innocent of committing crimes. She mere says that he didn’t have a criminal record, presumably meaning that he hadn’t been caught. Her next comment, that, “he wasn’t even that, like, state of mind,” suggests that she knows precisely “what he’s like” before he commits crimes. It almost reads like an admission from Flores, amounting to “I can’t believe he was caught and killed this time.”

Regardless of Flores’s feelings, the events leading up to the shooting weren’t in dispute.

Garcia, who appears to have been angry and drinking, attempted to break into someone’s home, and the homeowner took exception to that criminal act:

A Rialto homeowner shot and killed a male intruder Sunday night during an altercation inside the home, police said.

A resident at the house called Rialto police around 11:30 p.m. to report the intruder — identified by police as 20-year-old Andy Garcia — as he was trying to enter her home in the 1000 block of North Primrose Avenue through a window.

Garcia was confronted by the male homeowner, who fired several shots from a handgun after an altercation, according to Rialto police.

Here’s some free advice.

Don’t break into people’s homes. If they give you the option to leave, or to taste-test the carpet until authorities arrive, take them up on the offer, attempting to fight with someone who has a gun pointed at you rarely ends well.

Garcia’s mother says that even though authorities refuse to charge the homeowner, they’re considering legal action against the homeowners.

Of course they are.