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Man shoots girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend after forced entry into home in Garden Grove

A man fatally shot his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend after a second break-in at his house, Garden Grove Police Department officials said.

Around 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 17, officers responded to reports of a break-in and shots fired at the 11900 block of Sycamore Lane. They located a man face down on the staircase with gunshot wounds whom they later identified as the ex-boyfriend of the man’s girlfriend, according to a news release.

An initial investigation revealed the ex-boyfriend had forced his way into the house for a second time and was heading upstairs towards when the man fired several rounds. Life saving measure were attempted, but the ex-boyfriend succumbed to his injuries.

Five days earlier, police were called to the same location because of an assault with a deadly weapon. The victim told officers he was in the kitchen with his girlfriend when a man broke in through the back door, charged at him with a knife and threatened to kill him, the news release said.

He was stabbed multiple times in the chest before escaping to a near by business for help and later was transported to UCI Medical Center for treatment. The suspect escaped before police arrived.

Detectives believe the man was upset about his ex-girlfriend’s new relationship and the two share “several children in common” and an active domestic violence restraining order against him to prevent him from contacting his ex-girlfriend or going to that location, the news release said.

The man’s identification has not been released pending notification of the family.

Police believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. The investigation was on-going and any witnesses with any information about the incident can contact the Garden Grove Police Department, Detective Lopez  at 714-741-5818.

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