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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 |
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.

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