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Nov 7, 2012 7:45 PM by Associated Press

1 dead, 1 wounded after homeowner shoots intruders

FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County authorities say they have arrested a homeowner who fatally shot a suspected burglar and wounded another intruder.

Sheriff's officials say Jerry Rasmussen of Fair Oaks was booked into Sacramento County jail Wednesday on suspicion of possessing prohibited ammunition and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The 60-year-old Rasmussen is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Officials say Rasmussen was startled by intruders in his home early Wednesday. Armed with a handgun, he shot two strangers, who were in their 30s. One fled and the other died.

Authorities say when deputies arrived at Rasmussen's home they found the dead man, as well as evidence of forced entry. The other man was found at a hospital with a gunshot wound. He is expected to be arrested.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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