South Sound News

1 of 2 burglary suspects shot by Parkland homeowner

PARKLAND, Wash. — A burglary suspect is in the hospital after he was shot by a Parkland homeowner early Thursday.

Two burglars were at a home in a neighborhood at First Avenue South and 146th Street South, near Pacific Avenue South, when the resident opened fire, striking one of them, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Darren Moss Jr.

According to Moss, the burglars initially tried to get into the home through a side window, but weren’t successful. Moss said the suspects then may have tried to steal a catalytic converter from a car parked outside, when the homeowner came out.

The homeowner was pepper-sprayed before shooting at the burglars, according to Moss.

The injured suspect was taken to a hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The second suspect fled and has not been found. Deputies are conducting a search.

Detectives searched the home and spoke with the homeowner.

“It was like seven gun shots, then I heard screaming,” Devin, a neighbor, said.

“It doesn’t really give me peace of mind knowing that there could possibly be something that happens, and I’m not home,” neighbor Anthony Corrow said.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).