WOMAN FATALLY SHOOTS LANDLORD, CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE.Byline: Lisa Van Proyen Daily News Staff Writer
An 18-year-old woman renting a Woodland Hills guesthouse guest·house
1. A small house or cottage adjacent to a main house, used for lodging guests.
2. A bed-and-breakfast. 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 Stockbroker
1. An agent that charges a fee or commission for executing buy and sell orders submitted by an investor.
2. The firm that acts as an agent for a customer, charging the customer a commission for its services. in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , said Detective Rick Swanston, of the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. 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 An attacker that gains, or tries to gain, unauthorized access to a system. See attacker, intrusion and IDS. and that she had to shoot him in self-defense (Law) in protection of self, - it being permitted in law to a party on whom a grave wrong is attempted to resist the wrong, even at the peril of the life of the assailiant.
See also: 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 Carol Mitchell is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Huron—Bruce for the Liberal Party. of LAPD's Press Relations unit.
Walkden was detained de·tain
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.
2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement: 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 mel·low
adj. mel·low·er, mel·low·est
a. Soft, sweet, juicy, and full-flavored because of ripeness: a mellow fruit.
b. , very normal. They were very nice.''
The license plate to Galido's Honda parked in the driveway read, ``HEDNEST.''