Homeowner dodges hatchet, shoots intruder, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. 06/27/12
A homeowner was upstairs in his Tacoma, Wash. house when he heard a suspicious noise and shouted to see if someone was downstairs. A man replied, identifying himself as a police officer, which lured the homeowner downstairs. Once downstairs, the homeowner was confronted by two home invaders, one of whom immediately threw a hatchet at him. The home invader missed, allowing the homeowner time to retrieve a shotgun and shoot one of the criminals. The burglars fled the scene, but the wounded intruder was captured when he sought medical attention at a local hospital.Criminals of the Pacific Northwest beware; the incident marked the second armed citizen shooting in Tacoma in just over a week.