Joseph Cutrufelli kicked-in Jay Leone’s door and began ransacking his house. At some point in the proceedings, the 90-year-old homeowner onvinced Cutrufelli that he had to go to the bathroom. Leone came back from the smallest room in the house holding a .357 revolver. The bad guy was also armed; he shot Leone. That must have been the home invader’s last bullet. Staring down the barrel of a powerful gun, the bad guy begged Leone not to shoot him. For better or worse, Leone’s response sounded like something Harry Callahan would have growled through clenched teeth. A former sheriff’s deputy recounted what happened for sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com . . .
“After he shot me, I looked him straight in the eye,” said Leone. “He says, ‘Don’t kill me. Don’t kill me… I’ve got a daughter!’ I said, ‘f- you … pow, pow, pow, pow!’”
The ordeal wasn’t over. Three of those shots hit their mark, still the gunman rushed Leone and tried to shoot the 90-year-old with his own weapon.
“Sure enough, he wrestled me to the floor, put the gun to my head, pulled the trigger, and it went, ‘click,’” Leone said. “And then he got all panicky. He ran out the door.”
Cutrufelli was arrested later after calling the cops.
Shortly after the incident, Cutrufelli called San Rafael police saying that he had shot himself, and was in the area of Tiburon Boulevard and Altena Street in San Rafael, about a mile from where the shooting occurred. He was also taken to Marin General Hospital for treatment.
Upon further reflection, Cutrufelli might have rethought his strategy of trying to convince the police that he’d somehow shot himself thee times. Upon further reflection, perhaps Leone should have ducked out the back door instead of coming back to confront Cutrufelli. And kept that cinematic interchange to himself. But . . . result.