Crime

Rainier Valley Homeowner Shoots Would-Be Burglar

KOMO News (RVP news partner)

Seattle police say a would-be burglar was shot by a homeowner early Friday in Columbia City.

Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the burglar was shot in the arm just before 2 a.m. at the home in the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South.

The wounded man ran off and was found by officers on a Metro bus about 14 blocks north of where he was shot.

He was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

Police initially said the shooting occurred at a business, but later clarified that the building had been converted into a private residence.

The 66-year-old homeowner told investigators that he woke up after midnight when he heard banging sounds. He grabbed a shotgun a found a man standing in the entryway to his home.

Jamieson said the homeowner told police that he ordered the intruder to the floor and fired one shot when the man refused to comply.

Detectives found a bag of tools the intruder dropped at the scene after he was shot and said it appears the man tried to break in through a back door before entering through the front of the home.

The 37-year-old man will be booked into jaiul for investigation of burglary when he is released from the hospital.

The homeowner was not hurt.