A man fleeing from Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies early Tuesday was shot by a Sonora resident while trying to break into the man’s home, according to the county sheriff’s office.
Then the suspect and the resident who shot him were arrested because the resident isn’t legally allowed to possess a gun, authorities said.
The incident began about 1:08 a.m. when deputies attempted to pull over Brian Reynolds, 42, who was on a motorcycle.
Reynolds, a Placerville resident, refused to yield and led deputies on a brief pursuit, authorities said.
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The pursuit ended on Cavalieri Road in Sonora, where Reynolds left his motorcycle in some bushes. The motorcycle was later determined to be stolen.
To avoid capture, according to the sheriff’s office, Reynolds attempted to force his way into a home occupied by 34-year-old James St. Clair.
While acting in self-defense, the homeowner shot Reynolds in the wrist with a 9mm pistol, authorities said.
Reynolds was flown to a Modesto hospital, where he was treated for his injury and later booked into the Tuolumne County jail. He was booked on charges including evading, driving on a suspended license and possession of stolen property because the motorcycle was stolen.
Although investigators say St. Clair was protecting himself when he shot Reynolds, he is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was subsequently arrested.