• Seattle woman shoots burglary suspect

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

    Updated:

    SEATTLE - Police say an armed 41-year-old man was shot by a woman as he was trying to break into her home early Thursday.

    It happened in the 600 block of Riverside Drive in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.

    Police say the homeowner called 911 just after midnight to report that she had just shot a man who was trying to break into her home. 

    The woman is believed to have shot the man from the home's roof while he was outside trying to break in.

    When officers arrived, they found a man behind the home with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a handgun on the ground nearby. 

    The homeowner, who was still on the roof when officers arrived, continued to hold the burglar at gunpoint for at least an hour until police could coax her down.

    Once the woman with the rifle came down and it was safe for medics to come into the area, the suspect was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

    Police found multiple bullet holes in the exterior of the home.  They are believed to have been caused by gunshots fired by the burglar after he was shot by the homeowner.

    Officers interviewed and released the woman as the investigation continues.

    Police say they arrested two other men who fled the scene in a car as officers arrived.  Police booked the 38-year-old driver and his 24-year-old passenger into the King County Jail.


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