California firefighter shot lifeless: Suspect’s household claims he mistook firefighter for burglar

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The household of a California man who was arrested in reference to Monday’s taking pictures demise of a fireplace captain claims the taking pictures was an accident and never a malicious act.

Stockton Fireplace Capt. Vidal “Max” Fortuna, 47, was responding to a dumpster fireplace name round 4:45 a.m. when he was allegedly shot and killed by Robert Somerville, 67, who was later arrested on homicide and weapons costs, Daily Post 40 of Sacramento reported.

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Somerville’s household launched an announcement saying the alleged taking pictures was “not an intentional callous act,” in response to the report.

“Words alone will never be enough to express the devastation and sorrow that we feel for Stockton Professional Firefighter Max Fortuna’s wife and two children,” the household stated, Daily Post 40 reported. “I can assure Firefighter Fortuna’s immediate Family, and all who care for Mr. Fortuna that this was not an intentional callous act in the death of Mr. Fortuna.”

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Within the assertion, the household stated Somerville owns and operates a enterprise close to the place the hearth came about and suspected a break-in was occurring.

Split photo of firefighter Max Fortuna and accused shooter Robert Somerville

Cut up picture of firefighter Max Fortuna and accused shooter Robert Somerville
(Stockton Police Division )

“Robert ‘Bob’ Somerville 67 is not a violent person and is a long-standing business owner (and former engineer) in the Stockton community… for over 30 years. He operates his business, and resides in the warehouse that was adjacent to where the fire occurred at 5:00am this morning,” the assertion added.

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Fireplace Chief Rick Edwards stated Fortuna, who labored with the hearth division 21 years, was transported to San Joaquin Normal Hospital, the place he later died, Fox 40 reported.

“Having been a victim of constant attempted break-ins, due to his business/home being located in an area plagued with the highest concentration of homeless individuals, Mr. Somerville as recently as 1 week ago reinforced parts of his property to add an additional layer of security,” the household continued within the assertion, in response to the report. “It is our understanding that Mr. Somerville believed his property was being burglarized, which led to this horrific chain of tragic events.”

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A tribute for healthcare employees by firefighters in Wisconsin on Saturday.
(City of Sheboygan Fireplace Division)

“We just ask that the Fortuna Family and public please withhold judgment on the state of mind and intent of Mr. Somerville until all of the facts come to light,” the assertion concluded, Daily Post 40 reported.

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The son of the arrested California enterprise proprietor additionally described the incident as a “freak circumstance,” KOVR-TV of Sacramento reported.

Max Fortuna procession in Stockton, California 

Max Fortuna procession in Stockton, California 
(Stockton Police Division)

“I would like to say that you know my family would like to send our condolences to the Fortuna family,” Tre Somerville stated Monday, in response to the report. “It’s very unfortunate what happened today, and it’s just a freak circumstance.”

 

A .380 caliber handgun was discovered on the scene on the crime, in response to Stockton police.

The Stockton fireplace chief described the taking pictures as his “worst nightmare” and stated Monday was “a very, very sad day for this fire department,” in an announcement to Day by day Publish Digital. 

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