NORTH BEND, Wash. - A 30-year-old man was shot and killed Friday evening after he broke into a North Bend home, according to officials with the King County Sheriff’s Office. The homeowner shot the intruder because the intruder threatened the homeowner and his girlfriend, said officials.
According to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office, the fatal shooting occurred after 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Southeast 5th Street when a woman called about a man pounding on her door and windows.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they could not find the man, but they heard a large crash and banging from a nearby house, said officials.
The deputies were told another call was received from a house in the 400 block of Southeast Orchard Drive, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said a 46-year-old man and his girlfriend were woken up by the sound of glass breaking. The intruder broke a sliding glass door to enter their home.
West said while the couple hid locked themselves in a bedroom and spoke with a 911 operator, the intruder continued to threaten them.
According to West, the intruder was yelling, "Where are you at? I'm going to kill you."
The man who lived inside of the home retrieved his handgun, according to officials. He told the intruder he had a gun and to get out of his house.
After the intruder kept threatening the homeowner, he knocked the bedroom door down, and the homeowner fired at the intruder, said West.
When deputies arrived at the scene they found the intruder’s body outside of the bedroom.
West said the incident was a clear case of self-defense.
"The resident showed quite a bit of restraint. He continued to yell at the suspect to leave the house and said he was armed. The couple even locked themselves in a room to try to avoid a confrontation. They had no way of knowing if the suspect was armed. The resident was clearly forced to shoot to defend himself and his girlfriend."
KIRO 7’s Alison Grande spoke with neighbors and they were stunned about the intruder.
“It’s your worst nightmare,” said Eric Nelsen, who lived close to the house. “Some totally random person coming in your house and attacking you.”
The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine if the suspect was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the time of the incident.
According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was not known to the couple living at the home or to the woman at the home on Southeast 5th Avenue.