SPPD: Man shot after he knocks on door looking for lost football
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 07, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
A Santa Paula man who last year was the victim of an armed robbery shot another man Saturday who knocked on his front door to retrieve a football that landed in his yard at a condominium complex.
After Santa Paula Police officers arrived on scene, the man, Samuel Medina, 40, told officers he “shot someone” and was taken into custody. The incident occurred August 3 at about 8 p.m. when Antonio Purcallo, 21, of Santa Paula, was playing football with others in the driveway of an apartment complex located on the 100 block of Ventura Street.
The street, said Det. Sgt. Wally Boggess, “butts right up” to Medina’s complex, located on the 100 block of Sonoma Lane, southwest of where Main Street and Palm Avenue intersect. When the ball flew over the wall separating the two streets and into the yard of Medina’s residence, Purcallo went to Medina’s unit and knocked on the front door.
Boggess said when Medina answered the door Purcallo saw the gun in his hand, and the “victim’s reaction was to reach out in self-defense and get the gun away.” During the struggle the gun went off and the bullet went “through and through, in and out” of Purcallo’s abdomen.
Santa Paula Fire EMTs and AMR Paramedics treated Purcallo on scene before he was transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center’s Trauma Unit. The injury is not considered life threatening, and Boggess said Purcallo is in stable condition at VCMC. Medina, he added, “was very cooperative with police.”
The Santa Paula Times had received reports that Medina had been the victim of past crimes, which Boggess confirmed, noting Medina’s home had been burglarized. In addition, approximately a year ago Medina had been the victim of an armed robbery.
Medina told investigators that earlier Saturday he had heard his gate open and had seen people he considered suspicious. When Medina heard the noise believed to be the football hitting the side of his house and then heard someone knock, he armed himself and answered the door where Purcallo stood.
Medina was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a charge that can filed as either a felony or a misdemeanor. He was transported to Ventura County Jail, and Boggess said he was due to appear in court Monday August 5.
Anyone with information is urged to call Boggess at 525-4474, ext. 220.