McKenna - A 69-year-old McKenna-area man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot and killed one of two men he saw taking scrap drainage pipe from the side of the road in front of his house.
A 20-year-old man was taken in critical condition to Madigan Army Medical Center with a gunshot wound, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. He died Thursday afternoon.
His name was not released, pending notification of next of kin.
The man was shot Wednesday night as he tried to drive away after the homeowner began shooting at the two men, Troyer said. A 20-year-old passenger was slightly injured when the car crashed into a tree. He was not hospitalized.
Under state law, the only circumstances that permit a person to shoot at another is if the person fears for his own safety or the safety of his family, Troyer said.
The shooting happened about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 8500 block of 358th Street South, said Troyer, who gave this account:
The McKenna man saw two men taking pipe near his house and fired two shots into the air. The two men jumped in their car and drove off, prompting the homeowner to fire at the fleeing vehicle.
The two drove down a dead-end road and had to turn around and drive back past the homeowner’s house. The homeowner fired several times at the car as it drove by, hitting the driver. The car then crashed into a tree.
The homeowner was arrested on suspicion of assault, Troyer said.
The pipe appeared to be scrap and didn’t belong to anyone, he added.