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Washington Woman Shoots Would-Be Intruder Before He Could Break Into Her Home

March 07, 2017

Washington’s Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on a scene after a 911 call came in just before 2 AM of a home burglary. When they got there, officers discovered the homeowner had shot the intruder, who was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The female homeowner was alone when she heard the 28-year-old suspect trying to break in. She grabbed her gun and warned the intruder that she was armed and would shoot. The intruder ignored her warnings and pursued breaking in. The woman fired her gun from inside her home.

“Definitely scary for this lady who’s home alone in the middle of the night and you’ve got somebody breaking into your home. I’m sure it was a scary time for her. And she did what she thought she had to do,” Det. Lt. Earl Smith of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said.

Although the intruder never made it inside the woman’s home, he suffered one gun shot to his chest and another to his hand. While the decision on whether or not the woman will be hit with charges is left to the County’s prosecutor after a full investigation, police say they don’t believe the woman will face any.