A ranch owner in California tried to stop a burglar on his property but was killed. Now, police say a man with a lengthy rap sheet is the accused murderer.
Investigators with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office in California said 58-years-old Eric Almason, confronted a man after neighbors told him someone was trying to break into buildings on his ranch around 10 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Authorities said Robert Inderbitzen shot and killed Almason when Almason came to confront him. Investigators said they recovered a murder weapon at the scene on South Lammers Road in Tracy, California.
“Our investigation determined that Inderbitzen then shot and killed Mr. Almason and fled. Inderbitzen was taken into custody in Stanislaus County by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 26th,” according to The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office.
Court documents showed Inderbitzen, 49, of Tracy, was already being held at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Jail in French Camp on unrelated charges.
Investigators said Inderbitzen's criminal history includes burglary, stealing cars and domestic violence, according to CBS 13.