A man reported to have broken into a Healdsburg home died of a gunshot wound Friday night after a struggle with police officers, authorities said Saturday.
Healdsburg police said the man died inside the home from what was believed to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot.
Police Chief Kevin Burke said four of his officers responded to a report of an intruder in a home in the 100 block of Kennedy Lane around 8 p.m.
The home's residents, including a husband and wife and their two children, came home to find a man they did not know in their house, setting off a physical struggle between the husband and the intruder and prompting the wife to call 911, said Lt. Carlos Basurto of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the fatal shooting.
Minutes after the 7:58 p.m. call came in, Healdsburg officers arrived at the home to find the husband and reported intruder still locked in a struggle, Basurto said.
Officers intervened, seeking to detain the suspected intruder, Basurto said. "Within moments a gunshot went off," he said.
The man subsequently was handcuffed and officers recovered a small-caliber handgun, Basurto said.
They apparently were not aware before the shooting occurred that the man was armed, he said.
Basurto said he couldn't say whether any of the responding officers had drawn their weapons during the struggle or whether the man had been in officers' grasp when the shot was fired.
He also said he couldn't confirm where the recovered handgun had been in the suspected intruder's possession prior to the gun being fired.