FAIRFIELD — A husband and wife testified Tuesday about waking up minutes after midnight in their Suisun City home to find a hooded gunman at the foot of their bed pointing a revolver at them – and the faceoff that followed near the residence’s front door between the husband, now armed with a handgun, and the intruder.
The 60-year-old Suisun City resident said he pulled the trigger twice but his weapon wouldn’t fire and that Juan C. Walker, charged in the Sept. 7, 2013, incident along Keyes Lane in Lawler Ranch, shot him in the chest.
“It was basically ‘click, click, bang,’ ” the husband said.
“It was warm going through my body,” he said of being shot. “I could hardly breathe.”
“I thought, ‘I’m dying,’ ” the 60-year-old recalled at the preliminary hearing for Walker in Solano County Superior Court.
He was taken after the shooting to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield where doctors removed a lung damaged by the shooting. The man said he gets tired after six to 10 minutes of activity.
“I’m getting tired right now testifying – just talking,” he said in court.
His wife, 54, testified about her reaction when she saw the gunman in her bedroom at about 12:30 a.m.
“I covered myself with a comforter,” she said. “I prayed the ‘Our Father.’ ”
Her husband asked her to grab the cordless phone and call 911 from the bathroom after locking the door, she testified.
The 60-year-old took his own handgun from under the mattress and ran outside where he said Walker had gone after leaving the bedroom. The two men were an arm’s length apart when they faced off, the Suisun City resident said.
He and wife testified that Walker, 46, of Menlo Park, kept asking, “Where are the kids?”
That confused the couple because no children live at the home, the husband and wife said.
Suisun City police officers testified that Walker appeared to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and was delusional. Sgt. Ted Stec testified he found Walker lying in the roadway in front of the house and that Walker said the revolver he fired was on the trunk of his BMW parked across from the Suisun City home of the couple.
Stec said the revolver had the typical blowback powder marks that appear after a weapon is fired. Two holes were in the windshield of a car parked in front of the couple’s house, Stec said.
Walker said he was a hero because he cleared the house and did what a SWAT team hadn’t done, the sergeant said in court.
Solano County Superior Court Judge Donna Stashyn held Walker to answer on charges that include attempted murder, first-degree burglary and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Suisun City Police Cmdr. Tim Mattos at a press conference after the shooting said of the incident: “It’s bizarre.”
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