Man tells police he shot intruder in his yard

OLYMPIA - A homeowner in the 900 block of McCormick Avenue has told Olympia police that he shot an intruder outside his home after he woke to the sound of breaking glass about 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa.

The alleged intruder was in surgery Wednesday at Providence St. Peter Hospital after being shot once in the torso, and he is thought to be in critical condition, Costa said.

The shooting is under investigation, he said. “We’re not charging anyone at this point,” he said.

According to Costa:

The homeowner has told police that he armed himself after hearing what he thought was a prowler. He went outside to investigate and saw that a security light outside on his porch was on. The homeowner said the light only goes on if something passes it.

The man said he then was startled by a person in his front yard. The home is encircled by a 5- or 6-foot wooden fence, and the alleged intruder was trying to leave by climbing over the fence. The homeowner said he felt threatened.

He said he fired a single shot from his handgun, and after that, the intruder was able to climb over the fence and flee. Olympia police were dispatched to the scene and discovered a man with a gunshot wound to the torso lying in a vacant field about 500 yards from the home.

The man was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital.

Costa said police would like to interview the man who was shot to get his side of what happened, but he has not been in condition to be interviewed.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465