An early-morning robbery attempt went horribly wrong, sending the burglar and a Greenbrae homeowner to Marin General Hospital with gunshot wounds Wednesday morning.
Twin Cities Police said the suspect, Samuel Joseph Cutrufelli, 30, who has addresses in Novato and Petaluma, broke into a home in the 300 block of Via La Cumbre around 10:45 a.m.
He detained the resident, identified by police as Jay Leone, with a firearm and began to search the house for valuables, but the resident armed himself with another gun, police Sgt. Michael Norton said.
During a gunfire exchange, the resident shot Cutrufelli three times and Cutrufelli shot the victim once in the face, Norton said. Cutrufelli then fled in a vehicle.
A short time later, Cutrufelli called San Rafael police saying that he had shot himself, and was in the area of Tiburon Boulevard and Altena Street in San Rafael, about a mile from where the shooting occurred, Norton said. He said he needed medical attention.
It was soon determined that it was Cutrufelli who had broken into Leone's home, Norton said.
Leone is reportedly in stable condition at Marin General Hospital. Cutrufelli is also reportedly in stable condition after surgery.
Cutrufelli has some history of violent crimes, according to Twin Cities Police.
Twin Cities police learned about the crime when a woman who lives downstairs at the Via La Cumbre residence called to report hearing unusual sounds coming from her neighbor's unit upstairs, Norton said.
A few minutes later, Leone called Twin Cities police to report that he had been shot in the head.
Both Cutrufelli and the injured resident were taken to Martin General Hospital and are in stable condition, Norton said. Cutrufelli was arrested on suspicion of burglary and attempted murder.
Gary Charlstrom, who lives across the street from where the shooting happened, said Leone fought in WWII.
"He's a class act, a very refined guy — an absolute gentleman," Charlstrom said.
Police were at the scene well into the evening. They had impounded Cutrufelli's vehicle and were awaiting search warrants for both the vehicle and the house.
The crime scene and ensuing media attention blocked traffic for part of the day, but neighbors were allowed in their homes. Larkspur City Councilman Brad Marsh, who lives in the area, had to navigate the one-way street as he was coming home in the evening.
The Marin Independent Journal has additional information on the shooting available here.
--By Bay City News Service