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A Monterey County Sheriffs Deputy collects evidence at the scene of a shooting on Sylvan Road in Monterey, Calif. on Thursday September 12, 2013. According to sheriffs a homeowner shot a burglar inside his home, one other fled the scene. Photo David Royal/ Monterey County Herald)

A Monterey resident shot a suspected burglar in his Sylvan Road home Thursday, Monterey County sheriff's deputies said.

Resident Bruce Robertson told Monterey County sheriff's deputies he heard a knock on his door about 11 a.m., but ignored it and went downstairs. When he heard the rear sliding door opening he walked back upstairs and encountered a man standing at the top, deputies said.

The resident shot the suspected intruder, identified by deputies as Ivan Stubbs, 53, of Salinas, who was taken by ambulance to Monterey Regional Airport and airlifted to a San Jose trauma center. Sgt. Brian Pickens said Stubbs was in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

The shooting occurred in the 1200 block of Sylvan about a quarter mile south of Santa Catalina School.

Crime scene detectives arrived at the scene about noon.

"It's unusual to have a crime like this occur in this area," said Chuck Monarque, chief deputy of operations at the Sheriff's Office. "This is a very quiet area, low crime rate. So for something like this to occur, it's significant for us and for the neighborhood as well."

Deputies believe there was a second intruder.

Deputies questioned golfers at nearby Del Monte Golf Course, where one person reported seeing a suspicious man cutting through the course. The second man was wearing a blue shirt and possibly white shorts, said Monarque. Stubbs had arrived at the house in a 2001 Honda Odyssey van, deputies said.

Cal Fire, Monterey and airport fire departments assisted in the investigation.


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"It's really been a good team effort," Monarque said.