California Rancher Shoots Man Trying To Run Him Down

posted on June 8, 2017

In a scene that could have come straight from a Hollywood movie, a Livermore, Calif., rancher took aim with his pistol and stared down the barrel at a truck—which was barreling towards him.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says the rancher had recently met the truck driver, identified as 55-year-old Scott Hagan. Police theorize Hagan was going to the rancher’s home to burglarize the property. However, when the suspect arrived, he smashed his truck into a barn, the house, another truck and a propane tank before setting his sights on the homeowner.

By then the rancher had managed to arm himself, and as Hagan approached, he fired, hitting the suspect in the torso and hand. Hagan then drove off, but was apprehended a short time later and airlifted to a hospital, where he is being held on assault and vandalism charges. Authorities say the shooting “was a clear-cut case of self-defense,” and the rancher will not be prosecuted.

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