Shotgun blast scares off would-be home invaders

SEATTLE -- Sacrificing a bit of drywall in the name of home security, a Beacon Hill resident frightened off a group of would-be intruders with a well-timed shotgun blast to the wall Sunday night, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim called 911 shortly before 10:15 p.m. to report multiple men trying to break into his house in the 2100 block of Beacon Avenue South. The victim recognized the voice of one of the men and believes the suspects were a group of transients who live in the woods behind his home.

The men were hitting the victim's door, and while he was on the phone with 911 they broke out a window, according to the report.

In response, the victim fired his 16-gauge shotgun into the drywall next to the window, and the men ran off into the woods.

Officers arrived and found two broken out windows, not to mention the damaged drywall, but no sign of the would-be intruders.

The victim told officers he thinks the men were trying to break into his house because he had been giving them water but stopped doing so a few days earlier.

He was able to provide officers with the name of one of the men.