TURLOCK — The shooting death of a man reportedly caught trespassing Tuesday morning remains under investigation as his family expresses outrage over his death.
The Stanislaus County coroner's office has not released the man's name, but family members identified him as Brandon Pacheco, a 25-year-old Turlock resident.
According to Turlock police, officers were called to a home on the 1100 block of Dianne Drive at 7:56 a.m. Tuesday for reports of a shooting. They discovered a deceased white male in his 20s in a nearby field.
The shooter was identified as 58-year-old Turlock resident and
homeowner Robin Boyer. He told police he had caught the man trespassing on his property and stealing his possessions. An altercation allegedly ensued and Boyer shot Pacheco in the head. His body was found on the edge of a sweet potato field.
Pacheco's sister, 34-year-old Hilmar resident Shannon Pacheco, said she disagrees with the police department's characterization of the shooting.
"I don't believe there was an altercation at all," she said. "I know that he would have just taken off. He's never gotten in any fights in his life, never hurt anyone. I think this is wrong. He didn't deserve to die. I think this man needs to pay for what he did."
She said her family does not know Boyer and did not know why her brother was in that area. Brandon Pacheco has eight siblings who live in the region. His family said he did side work in house remodeling and pool installation in the past.
Another of Pachecho's sisters, Turlock resident Linzey Pacheco, expressed her anger at the shooting online.
"He was a good hard working kid that never would hurt anybody and was unarmed, and viciously mowed down," she posted on Facebook. "He had a lot of family and a lot of friends that loved him. And he was too young to die like this."
Turlock police spokeswoman Mayra Lewis said detectives have handed the case over to the the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office, which will decide if charges will be filed. The homeowner has been cooperative with police. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday.