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Suspected burglar shot by Tacoma homeowner charged with break-in

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:39 am |
December 31, 2012 10:39 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man who was shot June 19th while allegedly breaking into a Tacoma home.

Christopher Rhodes is set to be arraigned this afternoon on one count of residential burglary.

“The defendant was caught in the act and lawfully shot,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. “Now, he’s going to be held accountable for the burglary. This case is another reminder that breaking into people’s homes can land you in the hospital or prison, if you aren’t killed.”

Charging papers give this account:

A man was home alone June 19th when he heard knocking on the front door, which he ignored. Moments later, the man heard someone prying open a window so grabbed a shotgun and called 911.

After Rhodes smashed a bay window and climbed into the home, the homeowner fired a single shot, hitting Rhodes in the face.

Rhodes, bleeding from the face and arms, ran to a nearby home and asked two men sitting in a garage watching television to hide him. He then collapsed.

Rhodes was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for the gunshot wound.

Police found a cell phone on Rhodes that had an application that allowed him to monitor police radio broadcasts.

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