MODESTO (CBS13) – While hindsight is 20/20, Kevin McNeill wishes he’d put two and two together during the 15 months he lived next door and shared a garage with the suspect who shot and killed Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Paris and locksmith Glendon Engert.
“In the 15 months I lived, I spoke to him once and saw him twice, wearing combat boots and black pants,” said McNeill.
McNeill says his neighbor was a recluse who surrounded his home with surveillance cameras.
“He had them positioned in every window,” said McNeill.
And there was something else, a chilling conversation with the man about a confrontation between nearby residents and police several months ago.
“He said, yeah if it was up to me, is kill them all,” said McNeill.
But perhaps the most telling sign about his neighbor, what was inside their shared garage.
“He had a sign that said trespassers will be shot and then six minutes later a new one that said trespassers will be shot and he wrote in ‘will be killed,” said McNeill.
McNeill says the sign was riddled with bullet holes as if the suspect had used it for target practice.
“It’s a sad situation,” said Paul Tunison, Patriot Evictions.
Tunison never met the suspect, but feels lucky he was running late yesterday. He is the owner of the eviction company that sent sheriff’s deputies to the suspect’s home Thursday after trying unsuccessfully for four months to contact the resident.
“Somebody had to be there for the sheriff to sign possession over. My client was five minutes late and I was five minutes behind him, and unfortunately Glendon and officer Paris were on time.”