Burglar shot by homeowner in Kent, WA

Burglar shot by homeowner in Kent, WA

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    Burglar shot by homeowner in Kent, WA

    I love it. For those of you that can't tell by reading the article or don't know from previous experience, the Seattle P/I is about as anti-gun as you can get. It's rare that they even report this sort of thing.


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    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/...rglar23ww.html

    Burglar shot dead by homeowner

    Sunday, December 23, 2007
    Last updated 11:31 a.m. PT

    By ERIC SCHUDISKE
    KOMO-TV

    KENT -- A burglar was shot to death in a Kent condominium Saturday evening, and police say the homeowner was behind the trigger.

    Kent police were called to the scene at the corner of 260th Street and 108th Avenue around 6 o'clock and found a man dead in the back yard.

    A chaplain interviewed the homeowner and found that he had come home to find the man in his home. A fight ensued, with the homeowner eventually shooting and killing the burglar.

    Police won't say much else about what happened. They were still awaiting a search warrant to get into the home late Saturday evening.

    "That will help (investigators) support any statements we might get or lead them in another direction," said Lt. Bruce Weissich with the Kent Police Department. "And at this point there's no way to know which way this will go."

    Neighbors say this is the second burglary at the complex in the recent past. A burglar struck in October and neighbors never heard if that burglar was caught. They were surprised to hear this time, the burglar died at the hands of the homeowner.

    " I know some people would say give the guy an award," said neighbor Jeff Johnson. "(But) that's pretty scary."

    The name of the burglar has not been released. In the meantime, Kent police are still looking to interview witnesses who saw or heard what may have happened. If you have any information, call their station.

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    What strikes me as odd is the guy won't let them into his house without a search warrant. Is this common in a self defense shooting?

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    Still waiting for more info. There are areas in Kent that have a lot of drug dealers, this could have been a deal gone bad. Once the police get a search warrent we will probably hear more.

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    On not letting them in without a warrant; though it sounds odd, if you really follow the advice of saying little until able to talk to an attorney, it is logical that not allowing a search would be part of the deal. If the fear of talking is justified, then so is the possibility of something seen being twisted to create an alternative scenario.

    Again, legal stuff aside, it does seem odd and probably not a wise choice.

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    It's true... some parts of Kent are pretty dicey. The article linked to below mentions the apartment residents returned home to find a burglary in progress. IMHO this is looking worse for the shooter as one would hope the other witnesses would set aside any doubts the police had right off the bat.

    http://www.kirotv.com/news/14918529/detail.html
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    Here again we have that thing about if your home has signs of a break in ,call the police. In Washington it is not legal to shoot over possesions. Stay out of the house be a good witness, let the police do their job. I think the shooter is on unstable ground. Still watching this story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raevan View Post
    Here again we have that thing about if your home has signs of a break in ,call the police. In Washington it is not legal to shoot over possesions. Stay out of the house be a good witness, let the police do their job. I think the shooter is on unstable ground. Still watching this story.
    While I don't disagree with your advice, I do think there's some clarification needed. You can generally use the minimum amount of force necessary (including escalating to lethal force) to resist a felony against you in certain circumstances. Here's the affirmative defense to homicide in Washington State (emphasis added):

    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9A.16.050

    RCW 9A.16.050
    Homicide — By other person — When justifiable.


    Homicide is also justifiable when committed either:

    (1) In the lawful defense of the slayer, or his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister, or of any other person in his presence or company, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the person slain to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury to the slayer or to any such person, and there is imminent danger of such design being accomplished; or

    (2) In the actual resistance of an attempt to commit a felony upon the slayer, in his presence, or upon or in a dwelling, or other place of abode, in which he is.

    [1975 1st ex.s. c 260 9A.16.050.]

    Edit: I should have added, this is only a defense to homicide. That's were escalation of force comes into play. If you use more force than reasonable then it could (and has previously been) considered manslaughter.
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    Another update, burglar was shot in the home

    Burglar was shot in the home and ran out the back door where he died. It's looking better for the shooter.


    http://archives.seattletimes.nwsourc...=kent+burglary

    Slain burglary suspect in Kent still not ID'd

    By Lauren Vane

    Times Staff reporter

    A Kent man who shot and killed a suspected intruder inside his home Saturday was armed with his own handgun when he walked through the door and found the stranger inside his home, police said.

    A man and woman came home to their condominium on Kent's East Hill at 6 p.m. Saturday to find another man inside the house. The 28-year-old homeowner used his own gun to shoot the suspected intruder, said Kent police spokesman Paul Petersen.

    It's unknown why the homeowner was carrying a handgun, Petersen said.

    Police are not releasing the names of the homeowners. The deceased man, believed to be in his mid-20s, has not yet been identified.

    Neighbors reported hearing between four to five gunshots, but there were no witnesses other than the homeowners, Petersen said.

    "Some of the neighbors heard what they thought might be gunshots, but nobody actually saw anything," Petersen said.

    After the man was shot, he ran through a broken sliding glass door and died in the backyard. The glass door was broken before the struggle and it's possible that's how the man entered the locked home, Petersen said.

    The man who was killed was dressed all in black, wearing a black hat. He was carrying a satchel-type bag that contained some stolen property from the couple's home, Petersen said.

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    Shaky ground or not...Another one bites the dust...and that's always good news.
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    "Found him dead in the back yard"

    My thoughts are if the homeowner shot him in the back yard, he will probably go to jail. In most states, they have to be inside your house to shoot them. I don't know what it is there.

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    The article says he was in the house when he was shot and he ran out the broken sliding door into the backyard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragin Cajun View Post
    "Found him dead in the back yard"

    My thoughts are if the homeowner shot him in the back yard, he will probably go to jail. In most states, they have to be inside your house to shoot them. I don't know what it is there.

    After the man was shot, he ran through a broken sliding glass door and died in the backyard. The glass door was broken before the struggle and it's possible that's how the man entered the locked home, Petersen said.

    It's looking better. You have to keep in mind, the media in Washington is overwhelmingly against guns. The surest way to tell it was self defense is the lack of coverage IMHO.
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    In Washington we have this thing called dribble down news, they tell you one new thing everyday so they can run the story out as long as possible to keep you watching or buying the paper. Every local news source here is antigun. They always distort the stories as much as possible and seldom run the final results if the shooter was released and not charged.

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    Shaky ground or not...Another one bites the dust...and that's always good news.
    What else could the home owner do?
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    Looks like a case closed. We'll see how Liberal the Kent prosecutors office is soon enough.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...ebkent26m.html


    Kent man who killed intruder had gun permit

    Seattle Times staff

    A Kent man who shot and killed an intruder inside his condominium Saturday had a concealed-weapons permit, police said.

    The 28-year-old homeowner, whose name hasn't been released, shot the unidentified suspect when he returned home around 6 p.m. and saw the man inside, according to Kent police. Police spokesman Paul Petersen said the homeowner "legally possessed the weapon."

    The deceased man, believed to be in his mid-20s, has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner's Office, but officials are still trying to reach his family, Petersen said.

    Neighbors reported hearing between four to five gunshots, but there were no witnesses other than the homeowner and his girlfriend, Petersen said. After the man was shot, he ran through a broken sliding-glass door and died in the backyard. The glass door was broken before the confrontation, and it's possible that's how the man entered the locked home, Petersen said.

    The man who was killed was dressed in black and wore a black hat. He was carrying a satchel-type bag that contained some stolen property from the couple's home, Petersen said.
    "Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must." - The Duke of Wellington

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