The man shot in the head and killed by a Turlock homeowner yesterday morning while allegedly trespassing and stealing from the homeowner's property has been identified as 25-year-old Brandon Pacheco, of Turlock.
According to Turlock Police Department spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis, Pacheco was homeless.
The Turlock Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Dianne Street after receiving a 911 call reporting gunshots at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Homeowner Robin Boyer, 58 of Turlock, admitted to responding officers that he shot Pacheco after he had reason to believe the young man was trespassing and stealing from his property.
According to Lewis, Boyer had seen Pacheco trespass onto his property several times in the past. After confronting the alleged thief, Boyer told investigators that an altercation broke out between the two, leading to to Pacheco's shooting.
Responding officers found Pacheco dead with gun wounds to the head in an open field separated from, yet nearby, Boyer’s residence. The Turlock Police Department also said that a shotgun was recovered from the scene.
Lewis says that it is too early to determine exactly what happened, as the incident is still under investigation. Boyer was not arrested, and is reportedly working cooperatively with investigating officers.
The case will be sent to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, where a decision will be made whether or not to file charges against Boyer.
Pacheco’s sister, Linzey Pacheco, believes that he was wrongfully killed.
“He was a good hard working kid that never would hurt anybody and was unarmed, and viciously mowed down,” Linzey Pacheco posted on her Facebook page. “He had a lot of family and a lot of friends that loved him. And he was too young to die like this.”