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Tacoma resident shoots and wounds break-in suspect during attempted home invasion

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on July 14, 2012 at 10:03 am |
July 14, 2012 10:03 am

A Tacoma resident in the 600 block of North Pine Street early Saturday morning shot a and wounded a man who reportedly was trying to break into his home.

The break-in suspect did not heed warnings that the homeowner was carrying a gun, Tacoma police said.

The suspect suffered a non-lethal wound and was taken to a hospital for medical care. Police detectives are following up on the case over the next several days.

Police said the husband and wife who live in the home were awakened about 2:10 a.m. to the sound of someone trying to break through their locked front door.

The husband shouted to the man trying the door that he was at the wrong house, police said.

The husband then armed himself with a handgun when the man on the porch persisted in attempting to break the door knob. The husband felt the door and believed the break-in suspect was about to succeed in getting into the house.

The husband warned the suspect again and then fired a shot through the door, wounding the suspect.

The husband and wife stayed at their home early Saturday.

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