A North Bend man "had no choice" when he shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home and threatened to kill him late Friday night, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
A North Bend man “had no choice” when he shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home and threatened to kill him late Friday night, according to a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The 46-year-old man and his girlfriend awoke to the sound of glass breaking when the intruder threw a propane tank through their back sliding-glass door in the 400 block of South Orchard Drive about 11:40 p.m.
Despite several warnings, the intruder broke into a bedroom where the couple had fled and was shot, according to Sgt. Cindi West, sheriff’s spokeswoman.
The intruder was not armed, but “the victims did not know that,” she added.
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“The resident actually showed extreme restraint,” West said. “He repeatedly yelled that he had a gun, that he [the intruder] needed to leave, and he didn’t confront the suspect.”
Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to the neighborhood about 11:30 p.m. when a woman in the 300 block of Southeast Fifth Street called 911 and said a stranger was pounding on her door and windows, yelling to be let in. The man she described also fit the description of a man who had been harassing customers at a North Bend convenience store earlier in the evening, West said.
Deputies were searching for a man on Southeast Fifth Street when they heard a crash and then banging from a nearby house.
The crash was apparently the sound of the sliding-glass door being broken at the couple’s home.
The couple hid in a bedroom and called 911. They could hear the intruder trashing their house, West said.
The resident warned the intruder that he had a gun, and the intruder yelled: “Where you at, I’m gonna (expletive) you up. I’m gonna kill you,” according to West.
The intruder kicked in the bedroom door where the couple were hiding, and the resident shot him.
When deputies arrived a few moments later, the intruder — a 30-year-old man from North Bend — was dead on the hall floor. West said it was dark, the residents could not see whether the intruder was armed and the homeowner “had no choice” but to shoot.
West said the couple are “extremely distraught” and that they don’t plan to return to the house.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine if the intruder was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. His name has not yet been released.
Emily Heffter: 206-464-8246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle Times staff reporter Eric Pryne and news researcher David Turim contributed to this report.