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Mitzi Johanknecht

05 Shoreline homeowner shoots burglary suspect


A 41 year old Shoreline man was shot in the leg by a homeowner, also in Shoreline, after he kicked in a door and broke out some windows while trying to break into a house. The suspect will be charged with Burglary. No charges against the homeowner.


-(Shoreline, King County WA)  (C16022658)

A Shoreline homeowner, home with his wife and two daughters, shot a man trying to break into his house.  The suspect was hit in the leg by a single gunshot.  He was taken to the hospital with possible life threatening injuries.  The homeowner is not expected to be charged with any crime.


Story- Just prior to 3am on Thursday May 5th, 2016, Shoreline police responded to the 100 BLK of NE 174th after a 19yoa, female, called to report that someone was trying to break into her family’s house.  The caller told dispatchers that she was at home with her 11yoa sister and both her parents and that they had locked themselves in a back bedroom of the house.  She also told dispatchers that the father had armed himself with a gun. 


She went on to say that prior to the family going to hide in the bedroom, they had seen and heard a man kicking at their doors and trying to break-in.  She explained that the suspect was not wearing a shirt and was yelling profanities.   After approximately 3 minutes on the line with 911, she reported hearing the sound of glass breaking at the front of the house. 


At this point, the father / homeowner, armed with his 9mm handgun, left the bedroom where his wife and daughters were hiding and went to the front of the house where the sound of breaking glass had come from.  As the homeowner came into the front living room area of the house, he encountered the suspect standing just outside the front window and door he had just broken out by throwing lawn furniture through.  As the suspect began advancing toward him from just outside the broken door and windows, the homeowner fired 2 rounds at the suspect, hitting him 1 time in the upper right thigh.


Deputies were arriving on scene as this last encounter was occurring and heard the two shots.  Once at the house, Deputies found the suspect in the front yard with a single gunshot wound to his thigh.  Deputies were able to apply a tourniquet and stop or at least slow the bleeding, allowing Shoreline fire to arrive and provide further aid to the suspect before transporting him to Harborview. 


At the time of this press release, the suspect was in surgery and is expected to survive.


The suspect is a 41 year old W/M that lives in the same neighborhood as this incident.  Once released from Harborview, he will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of Burglary.


The homeowner, a 44 year old W/M, is not expected to be charged with any crimes.