Gun Battle ‘Traumatic' For 90-Year-Old Marin Man

The 90-year-old man who shot a burglary suspect three times before receiving a gunshot wound to the face says the whole exchange was "traumatic."

The Old West-style showdown between a 90-year-old former Marin sheriff's deputy and a burglary suspect -- in which the 30-year-old burglar was shot three times and the 90-year-old shot once in the face -- was "traumatic" for the Greenbrae homeowner, he told the Marin Independent Journal during a brief interview from his hospital bed.

How did it all shake out? Well. He doesn't say.

Jay Leone received one gunshot wound to the face in his struggle against alleged burglar Samuel Joseph Cutrufelli, 30, of Novato. Despite that, he's in high spirits and was able to eat solid food a day after receiving his wound, according to hospital staff.

Cutrufelli is accused of entering Leone's home in the 300 block of Via La Cumbre and detaining him at gunpoint at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. But while Cutrufelli cased the home, Leone managed to access one of the three guns he keeps at home. Leone shot the suspect three times, who then shot Leone once, the newspaper said.

Cutrufelli fled in a vehicle and drove to the San Rafael town line, where he called police to say he'd accidentally shot himself. Leone called cops with the tale of the gun battle.

Cutrufelli was sentenced to six years in prison on an attempted murder charge dating from 2001.

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