Ballard homeowner fires gun at burglar

SEATTLE — A Ballard resident shot a burglar who was breaking into his home early Sunday morning.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, a Ballard resident was sleeping at a home in the 6700 block of 25th Avenue NW when he heard someone breaking into his house.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the resident armed himself with a handgun and left his room to find that the intruder had already broken into the mudroom and was trying to gain access to the main house. He then fired a gun through the window of the door and into the mudroom.

The homeowner called 911 himself and officers responded.

Ten minutes later, a 35-year-old man with a gunshot wound in his abdomen was dropped off at Swedish Hospital in Ballard and was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

A neighbor also reported seeing a dark-colored station wagon driving away from the resident's house. Officers later located the car several blocks away and observed fresh blood on the inside and outside of it as well as what appeared to be stolen property inside. A man and a woman were standing near the car when it was found and were taken in for questioning.

The man had an outstanding warrant and was arrested, and the woman was the sister of the man who suffered the gunshot. She was interviewed and released from the scene.

Officers impounded the vehicle.

This remains an ongoing investigation.

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