A convicted burglar broke into a Lake Mathews home today, but he was shot by a resident and later arrested, the sheriff’s department reported.
Matthew Zuniga, 27, suffered a grazing wound in the arm when a 63-year- old man opened fire with a shotgun, authorities said
After being treated, Zuniga was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and violating probation, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Kelly said.
The resident — who was uninjured — came home about 9 a.m. to find his house being looted, Kelly said.
“The victim stated there were numerous weapons in the home and did not know if the suspect was armed,” Kelly said. “The victim armed himself with a shotgun for his own safety.”
Zuniga ran from the house and was found hiding in nearby hills, Kelly said.
The break-in happened a day after Zuniga was supposed to begin serving a six-month jail term for felony burglary, according to court records. He also was placed on three years probation in connection with the earlier crime.