Seattle police say that a 66-year-old South Seattle homeowner shot and wounded a burglar this morning.
Police were called to a home in the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South, in Columbia City, just after 1 a.m. on a report of a shooting.
Police also were notified by King County Metro that there was a passenger with what appeared to be a gunshot wound had boarded a bus, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
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Officers went to Rainier Avenue South and South Andover Street and found the 37-year-old alleged burglar. He has a wound on his left arm apparently caused by a “shotgun pellet,” Jamieson said. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Police spoke with the homeowner who said he was awakened sometime after midnight to a banging sound and thought it might be a burglar. The homeowner grabbed a shotgun he had in the bedroom and walked toward the main part of the house. The front door was open and a stranger was there holding something. The homeowner ordered the stranger to lie down on the floor, police said.
When the burglar did not comply, the homeowner fired his shotgun once. The suspect dropped what he was holding and ran, police said.
Police said that the alleged burglar dropped a black bag containing a number of tools.
Jamieson said that the homeowner’s shotgun was taken into evidence and it will likely be returned to the man soon.