Man Confronting Intruder ‘flinched and the gun went off’

Roberto Vega-Gil, 42, of Madison

Criminal charges against Jamie Chen, 41, are “highly unlikely,” Blanchard said, adding that the shooting appears to have been “a tragic response to what (Chen) was experiencing in the moment.”

The Dane County Coroner's Office identified the man killed as Roberto Vega-Gil, 42, of Madison.

Police said they believe Vega-Gil broke into the Seminole Hills home at 2969 Osmundsen Road intending to burglarize it when Chen shot and killed him shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Vega-Gil died of a single gunshot wound, said interim Coroner Kurt Karbusicky.

There is no evidence that Vega-Gil was armed, said Fitchburg Police Lt. Chad Brecklin, and Chen used his own shotgun.

It does not appear Chen intended to shoot or kill Vega-Gil, Blanchard said. “He went out with the shotgun to defend himself,” Blanchard said. “He doesn't have a conscious memory of deciding to shoot.”

Police said Vega-Gil was wearing gloves and there was evidence of forced entry to the residence.

Brecklin said a glass patio door was broken on the lower level of the home, where Chen lives with his parents, Peter and Mei Chen. The home does not appear to have been targeted for any specific reason, he said.

Vega-Gil has prior convictions in Florida dating to the mid-1980s for burglary while armed, aggravated stalking, carrying a concealed weapon, theft and possession of burglary tools, police said. Read more




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