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Charges filed against man shot during interrupted burglary Wednesday

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm with 19 Comments »
August 22, 2011 5:50 am

Pierce County prosecutors filed charges today against a man who was shot and wounded Wednesday when a contractor interrupted a burglary at a North End Tacoma home.

They also charged a second man who apparently was at the house but left before anyone saw him.

Jeremy J. Shaw, 32, and David A. Howlett, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm during court hearings this afternoon. Each was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Shaw was shot in the left arm and side during the burglary and is recovering from his injuries.

Prosecutors allege Shaw and Howlett were burglarizing a home in the 4200 block of Alki Street on Wednesday morning. Howlett had been released from jail the day before.

A contractor arrived to do work on the house and noticed a minivan that he didn’t recognize. He also spotted a shotgun and television in the driveway, court documents state.

The contractor called the homeowner and confirmed no one should have been at the house. The contractor parked his truck to block the driveway.

A short time later, Shaw came out of the house and got into the van. He rammed the truck two or three times, court documents state.

The contractor fired several shots into the minivan, hitting Shaw. Shaw ran off and was found by a Tacoma police officer in the 3900 block of North Stevens Street.

Shaw was treated at the hospital and released Thursday. During an interview with detectives, he said Howlett indicated he needed money. They both went to the front of the Alki Street house and Shaw broke out a window to unlock the front door, court documents state.

Howlett told investigators he was sitting on the grass in a yard while Shaw was inside. He said he heard a crash and ran off, court documents state.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. saywhat253 says:

    Handyman of the week award!

  2. saywhat253 says:

    whats the name of the contractor?

  3. tree_guy says:

    “They went both went to the front of the Alki Street house and Shaw broke out a window to unlock the front door, court documents state.”

    What does “they went both went” mean?

  4. Wow, I’m shocked the contractor didn’t get prosecuted and fined. What is happening with our County officials? Don’t they know law abiding citizens that get run down by other drivers have no rights whatsoever and should be put in the slammer for the rest of their lives and let the burglars get away with everything, after all, all they want is a little money.

  5. gonefishin69690 says:

    A new action movie “The Contractor”….By day, he’s an ordinary landscaper, by night, he thwarts the actions of criminals and keeps the nation safe for Democracy!!

  6. gonefishin69690 says:

    Also, glad to hear no charges have been filed against this guy. In my opinion, he’s a hero!!

  7. psycodug says:

    I dont know why others commented about charges against the contractor. I glanced through the story, but I still dont recall anything like that. Prosecutor probably asked a couple cops, they said “Thats what I would have done” and thats that. Thinking of What charges to file against the thief probably took them a minute. They gotta collect the info, get some coffee, look at it, go to lunch and talk about it, come back, get more coffee, hook up in the back wi… no, just kidding, look at it some more maybe call a judge or have a meeting. Meantime, thief-a-roo has stopped bleeding and is booked into the big lunchroom downtown awaiting the results of that meeting.

  8. What is a burglay? Seriously, two typos, one in the headline, can’t the TNT find someone that can operate spell-checker?

  9. its becoming downright dangerous to be a burglar in Tacoma i think this is the fourth instance that burglars got shot since march , one instance two got shot in a garage same incident

  10. t_Johnson says:

    I need a good contractor too! Hey, it was almost a contract killing.

  11. Glad that this turned out the right way for all. Just wondering, though… why is a contractor packing????

  12. i would pak heat vif i knew people would be gone in a house was working on.never know what could happen…and look what happened!good job to the contractor!!!!

  13. oh and good job TPD for catching these guys so fast and getting them off the streets!!!

  14. m9078jk3 says:

    Wow both of these guys have quite a background as I have seen from the Washington Courts website.The interesting story is the younger accomplice as you can also see what he got out of jail for just under 2 weeks earlier (who was the dumb ass judge who let him bail out of that one).Obviously these larcenous people just should not get a low bail amount (obviously they won’t show up in court-which is self evident).Check the LINX website too.

  15. sierradog says:

    ” The contractor parked his truck to block the driveway”. Sure is good to see someone take a stand!

  16. jcrichards says:

    Good for the contractor! I want to hire that guy.

  17. Love “Gone Fishins’ idea of the new action movie “The Contractor.”

  18. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    In the Pierce County “lead exchange program”, residents have taken first place from burglars. Maybe dumb, lazy criminals should just get a job or move elsewhere.

  19. papasan, RE: “why would a contractor be packing?”

    Probably because construction sites are habitually targeted by thieves – more like organized criminals than common burglars. The usual scenario goes like this: The lumber company drops off thousands of dollars worth of building materials at the job site on Monday. The crooks drop by Monday night with a flatbed and haul it all away. It happens a lot.

    For that reason, you’ll find that MANY contractors carry. The loss is bad enough, but it’s worse when you have ten guys on the clock, standing around scratching themselves because they don’t have any wood to nail together.

    After they’ve been ripped off a few times, and have called the police a few time, and after the bad guys have gotten away with it a few times, they get a gun and shoot the crooks a few times.

    That way when the police ask if there are any identifying marks, the contractor can say, “Why yes, officer. He has a 3/8ths inch hole in him close to center man.”

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