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Tacoma homeowner dodges hatchet, shoots would-be burglar

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on June 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm with 24 Comments »
June 27, 2012 5:57 pm

A would-be burglar was shot in the shoulder this afternoon after breaking into a Tacoma home and throwing a hatchet at the homeowner.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. in the 3000 block of Tacoma Avenue South.

It is the second time in two weeks that a would-be burglar has been shot by a homeowner.

The homeowner was upstairs when he heard noises and called out to ask who was there. One of the burglars identified himself as a police officer, so the homeowner went downstairs.

“There were two suspects and one of them is armed with a hatchet, which he promptly threw at the homeowner and missed,” police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Acting in self-defense, the homeowner fired a shotgun, striking one of the suspects in the shoulder. Both fled on foot.

The wounded suspect later sought treatment at Allenmore Medical Center in Tacoma. Fulghum said officers are waiting at the hospital to arrest him after he is released.

The second suspect remains outstanding.

On June 19, another homeowner shot and injured a 19-year-old burglar who was crawling through the window of a home at the corner of South 14th and South Madison streets. The burglar, who was shot in the face with a shotgun, survived.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has said Washingtonians can legally use force to resist a felony being committed against themselves or someone else.

The homeowner in today’s shooting is not expected to face charges.

Leave a comment Comments → 24
  1. Dumb asses

  2. MrCarleone says:

    God, I love good news !

    Wish I would have read this in the am, over a bagel and cup of coffee !

    It would have made-my-day !

  3. tommy98466 says:

    The problem with these homeowners is that they are using bird shot in their shotguns. Pay attention you folks with shotguns for home defense. Use 00 buckshot. That would have taken his arm off and there would have been no need for emergency room care. By the way… us taxpayers will pay for his hospital care because these scumbags don’t have jobs or insurance. Pathetic.

  4. skippythedog says:

    2nd one in a week. This is a good trend. Criminals have no fear of hamstrung law enforcement or the judicial system. The police could not have possibly helped in a situation like this. Arm yourself and become proficient with your weapon.

  5. Montello2012 says:

    I have no desire to shoot anybody, least of all for just stealing stuff, but if my life is in danger it’s a different story. Shooting somebody is a lifechanging step and you have to be certain of what you’re doing.

  6. Well, here we don’t really subject them to the Zimmerman treatment. We let ‘em live so they can warn their friends away from a life of crime.

  7. stockcowboy says:

    “The homeowner in today’s shooting is not expected to face charges.”


  8. stockcowboy says:

    Disregard my previous comment… I read it too fast and thought it said no charges were expected for the intruder. :)

  9. mojjonation says:

    Knife to a gun fight. Nice. Here’s your sign.

  10. BlaineCGarver says:

    When thugs have an expectation of being shot or killed, they might think twice before going to work.

  11. harleyrider1 says:

    finally, some good news

  12. KooKooKitty says:

    Tommy- Wish I’d seen this story yesterday! Yup, we’ll be paying for the hospitals, we’ll also be paying for the Public Defender at court. I can hear it now…”This poor victim was no longer a threat AFTER throwing A HATCHET at the homeowner…”
    Up the firepower guys (and gals) PLEASE!!

  13. troubleinbankok says:

    Apparently these jerks didn’t read one of TPD’s greatest quotes of 2012:

    “Here’s the lesson for potential burglars: When you break into someone’s house, you take the chance you’re going to get shot.” ~ TNT, June 21, 2012

  14. Regfool2 says:

    Skippy – Arm yourself, dis’arm’ a thug. You may be on to a slogan there.
    Trouble – You assume they are literate. Silly bear.

  15. dtacoma says:

    It would be fantastic if Tacoma became known nationally as the city where burglars are dispatched to their maker immediately upon breaking and entering. Imagine the burglary stats dropping like a….well, like a busted burglar.

  16. gonefishin69690 says:

    Yes troubleinbankok, I read that too. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The Cops know they can’t be everywhere at once. Think I’ll make a sign for my front window with that quote on it.

  17. Daniel Boone is at it again. I’d like to send the homeowner a Starbucks Card as a token of my appreciation for getting another Obama Supporter off the streets !

  18. “Bang”, stop, “bang bang bang”, or I’ll shoot, “bang bang bang click”

    BTW Birdshot is good for home defense in a shotgun because it won’t generally go throught walls and hit unintended targets.

  19. Ortingmom says:

    Hail to the Homeowner !

  20. gonefishin69690 says:

    Yes Mr. Homeowner, go get some buckshot, for when this creep gets out next month

  21. kwestong says:

    Bullet in burglar = Awesome

  22. If you are in fear of you and your familys safety from any criminals,I suggest a 12 guage shotgun with a capacity to hold at least 8 bullets.The first bullet would a 00 buckshot followed by a second bullet with a hollow point slug,then repeat that pattern.It seems I am reading more and more cases of victims being robbed and killed by criminals without any real justice being meted out to the perpetrators.It seems more often than not,the homeowner gets charged with some kind of crime and the criminal is turned loose to sue the homeowner for any injuries that were inflicted.Folks,If that happens,just remember,the criminal knows where you and your family live.

  23. commoncents says:

    The fact that homeowners are more and more often armed should not be lost on the burglars…and their potential corresponding actions should not be lost on homeowners.

    Can this homeowner honestly say that he wouldn’t have been shot first had the burglar been carrying a gun? Maybe so…maybe not.

    Some time in the last week I read a story about a South Sound woman suprising an armed burglar at home….not a good direction we are heading.

  24. dlockner says:

    I am all for homeowners being armed and dangerous. Not so much for packing to the grocery store or anywhere else out in public except the wilderness areas. If your packing to a bar, your hanging out at the wrong bar. I would have shot the man dead. Both if possible. Just as police are trained to do.

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