A homeowner who called 911 when he heard what sounded like an intruder breaking into his White Center home fatally shot the suspected burglar early Monday, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to the 9800 block of 13th Avenue Southwest at 2:40 a.m. Monday after the homeowner reported hearing glass shattering in his kitchen and told dispatchers he believed several people were inside his home, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott.
The homeowner, a man who lives alone, was hiding in his closet when the 29-year-old suspect opened the bedroom door, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. The homeowner shot the suspect, who died at the scene, according to the statement.
Deputies used a K-9 to look for other suspects, but that proved unsuccessful. Detectives have not found any evidence of a second suspect but have not ruled it out, according to the statement.
Seattle Times staff reporter Asia Fields contributed to this story.