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Man shot while allegedly burgling Tacoma home now charged with two felonies

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm with No Comments »
July 11, 2012 4:28 pm

Pierce County prosecutors today filed two felony charges against a 35-year-old man shot while allegedly burglarizing a Tacoma home last month.

Jonathan Coggins pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. Coggins, who has a criminal record, was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Prosecutors contend he and another man broke into the home of a 62-year-old Tacoma resident June 27, allegedly to retrieve items they’d lined up near the front door during a break-in the day before. Coggins allegedly threw a hatchet at the homeowner when the man surprised the burglars, court documents show. The hatchet missed its mark.

The homeowner, who’d armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, then fired at the hatchet thrower and hit him in the shoulder, the documents show.

Coggins later sought treatment for a gunshot wound at a local hospital, and police tracked him there, according to a news release issued by the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday and arrested.

Tacoma police continue to investigate the burglary, and additional arrests are expected.



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