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Man killed in home invasion robbery identified; one of two suspects taken into custody

November 3, 2010 | 12:43 pm

Police have identified the man killed during an apparent home-invasion robbery in Downey on Wednesday and have taken into custody a man found at the scene with a gunshot wound. Authorities are also searching for a second suspect who was seen fleeing the home.

Officers responded to the home on the 9300 block of Gainford Street at about 2:50 a.m. early Wednesday on a call of a prowler on the scene and shots heard, said Lt. Phil Rigo, a spokesman for the Downey Police Department. When officers entered the home they found the owner, Hermilio Franco, 53, dead and another man suffering from a gunshot wound, Rigo said.

The wounded man was taken into custody and is at a hospital in serious condition, where he is expected to survive. A second suspect was seen leaving the home on foot, Rigo said. Police are treating the incident as a home invasion that was interrupted by the resident and have not released the name of the person in custody.

-- Stephen Ceasar

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