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Deputies: Man trying to break into house shot by homeowner

POULSBO, Wash. -- A burglar breaking into a Poulsbo home was critically wounded when he was shot by the homeowner, Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies said.

A 911 call came in for help just before 2 a.m., deputies said. Deputies arrived to find a suspected burglar wounded at the home.

The suspect was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Authorities say he is expected to survive.

The homeowner, a woman, lives off Highway 305. Authorities say she was by herself when the 28-year-old suspect tried to break in.

The woman told deputies that she heard a noise and grabbed her gun, warning the man several times.

Despite her warnings, she said the man kept coming.

Deputies say she shot him from inside her home, leaving a bullet hole in at least one window near the front door.

"Definitely scary for this lady who’s home alone in the middle of the night and you’ve got somebody breaking into your home. I’m sure it was a scary time for her. And she did what she thought she had to do," said Det. Lt. Earl Smith, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

That man was hit in his chest and his hand. Deputies don't believe he ever made it inside.

Authorities say they don't believe the woman will face any charges. The final decision will be made by the County's prosecutor once the investigation is complete.


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