WOMAN FATALLY SHOOTS LANDLORD, CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE.
An 18-year-old woman renting a Woodland Hills guesthouse shot to death her 31-year-old landlord Thursday after he forced his way into her home, physically attacked her and attempted to sexually assault her, police reported.
The tenant, Karen Walkden, used a shotgun she had purchased weeks earlier to protect herself from prowlers to fire one shot into the chest of James Galido, a stockbroker in the San Fernando Valley, said Detective Rick Swanston, of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Homicide Unit.
Galido was pronounced dead within 10 minutes after the shooting inside the guesthouse, police said.
``She indicated that he was an intruder and that she had to shoot him in self-defense,'' Swanston said of the 2:30 p.m. shooting in the 22400 block of Dolorosa Street. ``He had made comments to her that led her to believe he was going to sexually assault her.''
The victim lived in a modest one-bedroom home about 50 feet in front of Walkden, who had only been living in the one-bedroom pastel yellow guesthouse for three months, the detective said.
The victim had asked the unemployed Walkden to move out because he believed she and her visiting boyfriend made too much noise, Swanston said. On Thursday, Walkden had given Galido and his newlywed wife, Yolanda, a written note, notifying them she would leave next week.
But later in the day, Walkden went outside to throw away her trash and while walking back into her home she turned around and saw Galido following her into the guesthouse against her will, Swanston said.
The landlord argued with Walkden in her living room, saying he was upset she had given notice to move, Swanston said.
When Walkden told him to leave, Galido grabbed her and attempted to rape her, but she broke loose and ran into her room, Walkden told police. Galido followed her, telling her she had no way to escape.
Walkden then retrieved a loaded shotgun, police said. As she turned around, Galido charged her, grabbing her arm, and the gun fired.
Walkden called police after the shooting and said she had killed her landlord, said Officer Carol Mitchell of LAPD's Press Relations unit.
Walkden was detained for questioning at the West Valley station but not arrested. ``It would appear that the evidence supports her account,'' Swanston said.
The shooting remained under investigation Thursday night.
Neighbors reacted in shock over the ordeal, saying that beyond petty theft, this was the first serious incident to stain their street.
``No way! No way! No way!'' said one neighbor, Bill Lagoy, who has known the couple since they moved to the street about three years ago.
``It's horrible. I can't believe this,'' Lagoy said. ``They seem very sweet, very mellow, very normal. They were very nice.''
The license plate to Galido's Honda parked in the driveway read, ``HEDNEST.''