Homeowner shoots intruder

May 7, 2013

By Peter Clark

A 56-year-old Issaquah man shot an intruder breaking into his home May 3.

In the 18500 block of Northwest Montreux Drive, the as-yet unidentified homeowner heard someone ringing his doorbell just before 1 p.m. After failing to recognize the man who appeared to be in his mid-20s who was outside his door, the homeowner ignored it. A few moments later, the suspect threw an object through a glass front door and entered the home.

The homeowner responded to the sound and the two men struggled. The homeowner fired two shots from his handgun, striking the suspect once in the shoulder.

A delivery truck driver saw the scuffle, heard the shot and made the initial 911 call at about 1:05 p.m.

“It was pretty much handled by the homeowner,” Sgt. Kevin Nash said of the suspect’s capture.

Upon arresting him, the police found that he had two different warrants, including a $50,000 one for burglary. On the premises, Nash said that they also found a motorcycle that ended up being reported stolen. Police located the owner who was able to come and retrieve it.

The suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

“I would call him stable,” Nash said, after interviewing the suspect on Saturday.

The police have yet to charge him, but Nash said they expect to charge him with first-degree burglary.

He added that crimes of this nature have been increasing.

“They’ll knock on the door several times and then break right in through the front door,” he said. “We highly suggest for homeowners to have alarms. In my opinion, these burglaries are on the rise.”


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3 Responses to “Homeowner shoots intruder”

  1. Bruce Miller on May 9th, 2013 8:20 am

    Give the homeowner a medal!! The loser intruder is yet more proof that we, as a society, are not exterminating enough people.

  2. Craig on May 11th, 2013 10:19 am

    Few details missing from this story and it should be the headline. The only witness to this incident said the homeowner chased the suspect out in the front of his house and was naked beating the suspect with a silver pole of some kind then came the shot. Outside not inside. The witness report did not get taken until after this story was published, however I see no report of it. In the opinion of the only witness the home owner was trying to stop the suspect from leaving by any means.
    We all have a right to protect ourselves and our homes, however in the rest of America the home owner would be sitting in jail too.
    Nice going Issaquah PD and Press. FAIL.

  3. LT on May 14th, 2013 3:25 pm

    YES Give him a medal and who pays for the damages to his home? This sucks for good citizens.

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