A Seattle homeowner fatally shot a suspected burglar earlier this month, local media reports.
At about 2:35 am officers from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) responded to a 911 call referring to a disturbance at a home in the north-central neighborhood of Greenwood.
The caller said that they heard a person asking someone to phone 911. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound in the backyard, near an alley.
SPD detectives are investigating the deadly shooting which appears to have happened when a homeowner shot and killed an alleged burglar.
Police began first aid, before transferring care over to Seattle Fire Department medics, who transported the man to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
When asked about the event, the homeowner said that the perp had climbed over his fence and into his yard. The homeowner asked the suspect to leave and he refused. The homeowner then shot the intruder.
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SPD homicide detectives indicated that the investigation is ongoing.
KIRO 7 spoke with one neighbor who was questioning whether the homeowner was within his rights to shoot the alleged intruder.
“Where was the individual shot? Was it in the front?” asked Kylian Se Vanter. “Was he retreating? Were there any attempts to shoot them below the legs to incapacitate as opposed to just execute them right from the jump?”
According to Washington State law, when it comes to violent crimes like burglary, a person can protect themselves, their family or their property by any reasonable means necessary. No person has a “duty to retreat” when they’re assaulted in a place where they have a lawful right to be.
Another person residing in the neighborhood said that other violent crimes have taken place nearby, recently.
“From what I heard, it was last week someone had climbed onto these fences and broke into one of the buildings and went upstairs and ransacked somebody’s office,” said Grims Gislason. “Right on Aurora or real close to it, it’s kind of lively these days.”
According to crime data taken from the Seattle Police Department, there have been 78 burglaries reported from January to May in the Greenwood neighborhood.