A business owner shot a 37-year-old transient after the man reportedly broke into the business early Monday morning.
Redlands Police and Fire Department paramedics responded to the shooting at a property management office at 101 E. Redlands Blvd. shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.
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.
When the owner opened the office door, he said he confronted the intruder who rushed at him. The business owner fired his handgun at the intruder, hitting the man in the chest.
Redlands police officers responded and provided life-saving measures to the wounded man until paramedics arrived. He was treated on scene and transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center in critical condition. He was identified as Clemente Wilson Valenzuela.
Investigators determined that Valenzuela had broken into a neighboring business and tunneled through an adjacent wall into the office where he was discovered. Police are investigating several burglaries reported at the business complex in the past week.
No charges have been filed against the business owner.
Anyone with information regarding crime or suspicious activity is asked to contact Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681 ext. 1. Certain non-emergency crimes may also be reported online using the Redlands Police Department’s CopLogic reporting system at cityofredlands.org/report-crime. Suspicious activity and tips can be reported using the city of Redlands 311 mobile app available for Android, iPhones, and iPads.