SAN BERNARDINO – A transient who entered a home on Saturday morning was shot by the homeowner whose demands to leave weren’t followed.
Timothy Mackay, 37, was shot in the abdomen by the homeowner on the 1400 block of Sheridan Road. Reportedly wielding a large hunting knife, police are investigating whether or not the shooting was justified.
Mackay, who is known to local law enforcement, was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but his condition wasn’t reported as of Saturday afternoon, a few hours after the break-in, which was reported at 8:13 a.m
Sgt. Emil Kokesh reported that the homeowner went into the backyard of his Sheridan Road residence. When he re-entered the house, he found Mackay standing in his living room, reportedly holding the hunting knife.
Reports are that the homeowner requested Mackay to leave several times, but he refused. The homeowner, said Kokesh, retrieved a handgun and again ordered Mackay to leave.
When Mackay continued refusing to depart, he reportedly waved the knife around and eventually advanced toward the homeowner. The homeowner fired one shot, striking Mackay in the abdomen, then called emergency and directed police officers to the suspect. When police arrived, Mackay was still armed with his knife.
San Bernardino Police spokeswoman Eileen Hards said “appropriate charges” will be made once Mackay has received treatment for his injuries.
Police did not reveal if there were any other residents in the home, or if the homeowner had been injured. Nor did they disclose whether Mackay and the homeowner were acquainted.
Sheridan Road is located in the far northern portion of San Bernardino, just east of Interstate 215.