Police: Victim opens fire on suspects in home-invasion robbery
MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- The two apparent gunshot victims that turned up Tuesday night in Maple Valley, one at a 7-Eleven and another at a hospital, are possibly the perpetrators of a home-invasion robbery that left a resident bound, beaten and cleaned out of guns, drugs and money.
The 38-year-old victim was at home in the 26500 block of 233rd Avenue Southeast when a female friend came over. Immediately afterward, a number of people entered the house, tied up the victim and attacked him, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the intruders took drugs, money and guns out of the victim's open safe and left the house.
The victim reportedly got free, grabbed a handgun he had hidden and opened fire on the robbers outside his house before they could drive off.
Shortly after that, witnesses reported seeing people throwing guns from a moving car in the area. King County deputies would later find assault rifles and shotguns lying in the street.
Deputies picked up a man with an apparent gunshot to the face at a Maple Valley 7-Eleven. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. A woman reportedly drove herself to Valley Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her buttocks.
The Sheriff's Office believes these two people were involved in the home-invasion robbery. The man is currently in custody at Harborview, but the woman has been identified and released.
King County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Stanley said it does not appear the victim knew the robbers, but the Sheriff's Office does not believe it was a random crime, either.
"Illicit drugs, guns and money are never a good recipe for your safety in your house," he said.
Stanley said he would not recommend residents chase after people who have just beaten and robbed them, especially when those people are armed and outnumber them.
"It's probably not a wise move," he said. "But, I don't fault the man for being taken over by adrenaline or excitement."