A Redlands business owner shot a man suspected of tunneling into his property management office on Monday morning, the Redlands Police Department reported.
Redlands Police and Fire Department paramedics responded to the shooting at 101 E. Redlands Blvd. shortly after 5 a.m. 37-year-old Clemente Wilson Valenzuela was found shot in the chest and treated on scene before being transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition.
The business owner reported to police that he had gone to the office to investigate an ongoing alarm. Police had responded to an earlier alarm call at the address and found no signs of forced entry to the office, the Redlands Police Department said.
When the owner opened the office door, he said he confronted the intruder who rushed at him, the Police Department said. The business owner fired his handgun at the intruder, hitting the man in the chest.
Investigators determined that Valenzuela had broken into a neighboring business and tunneled through an adjacent wall into the office where he was discovered, the Redlands PD said. Police are investigating several burglaries reported at the business complex in the past week.
No charges have been filed against the business owner, the Police Department said.