Woman in Parkland, WA shoots teenage home intruder
June 19, 2018
(PARKLAND, WA.) – The Pierce County Sheriff’s office says a Parkland woman who awoke to find a teenage intruder in her home over the weekend shot the teen.
In a statement issued Monday by the sheriff’s office, at 3:15 am Saturday June 16th, multiple deputies responded to a 911 call from a woman who reported that she had just shot an unknown intruder inside her home on 118th St. South in Parkland.
“The caller advised that she was holding the suspect at gunpoint, and said she was unable to let the deputies inside her home because the injured suspect was laying against her front door,” said the statement.
Deputies arrived at the woman’s home and climbed over an 8 foot tall wooden fence, then entered the backyard area and approached the rear door of the house. “Dispatchers directed the very frightened homeowner to walk back toward the door and to let the deputies inside her home,” said the statement.
When deputies entered the home they could hear the suspect screaming in pain and found him laying on the floor in the front entryway. The boy had a “very serious gunshot wound injury” to one of his arms. A deputy applied a temporary tourniquet to try to control the bleeding as other deputies cleared the house.
A second deputy - who is a trained military combat medic - arrived several minutes later and applied a second tourniquet to the suspect's arm and worked with the other deputy to bandage an exit wound on the suspect's shoulder blade. The two deputies then helped paramedics to carry the suspect out of the house and into an ambulance for transport to a hospital.
The homeowner told the deputies that her husband was out of town for business and she had been asleep in bed when her two dogs started barking. The victim said that she then heard a scratching sound, so she looked from her bedroom down her hallway and saw an unknown man inside her home.
The victim said that the man started walking toward her bedroom, so she armed herself with a handgun and told the suspect not to move. She said the man continued to walk toward her so she fired a warning shot to the side of him; she said the suspect was unfazed by the warning shot and continued to approach her, and fearing for her life she aimed at the suspect and fired a second shot, striking him in the arm.
The victim said she held the injured suspect at gunpoint and called 911 to report the intruder. She told deputies that while they were enroute, the suspect kept yelling "I'm so high!" until he collapsed on the floor by her front door.
Deputies saw a bullet hole in one of the windows of the home which appears to be from the warning shot fired by the woman. Deputies also discovered that one of the front bedroom windows was open and presumably was used by the suspect to enter the home.
The 16 year old boy will be booked on one count of Residential Burglary once he is released from the hospital.