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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 |
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.

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