Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Followup CA: Man who Shot Drunk Found Justified in Civil Lawsuit
After years of civil litigation, a San Mateo County judge tentatively ruled a man was justified when he shot an intoxicated intruder who accidentally entered the wrong home.
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Gerald Buchwald issued the tentative ruling Tuesday that Joseph Balistreri, a 45-year-old Brentwood resident, reacted appropriately in 2013 when he shot then 24-year-old Patrick O’Neil.
Representatives from both parties agreed the entire incident that occurred at Balistreri’s elderly parents’ Foster City home around 4:30 a.m. March 25, was a tragedy.