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Burglary Suspect Shot by Homeowner on Woodinville's Hollywood Hill

A female suspect remains at large in the incident, which unfolded earlier this afternoon in the Hollywood Hill area.

A male burglary suspect was shot and critically wounded by a Woodinville homeowner earlier this afternoon, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Steven Strachan said the incident began at around 12:30 p.m. Monday when a man returned to his home in the 14200 block of 168th Ave. NE and saw another car sitting in the driveway with its engine running.

After entering the home and finding a man and woman rummaging through his bedroom closet, the homeowner pulled out a "small-caliber handgun" and instructed the two suspects to remain in place while he called 911.

At some point during the 911 call, the male suspect began to step toward the homeowner, who proceeded to shoot him in the chest and groin.

“He felt fearful, and he fired twice,” Strachan said of the homeowner.

The 29-year-old suspect managed to get to his car and drive approximately two miles north before calling 911 for medical assistance, police said. He was assisted on the side of the road by passersby before being transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center, where Strachan said he is in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the female suspect fled the scene on foot. Police are currently using K9 units to search for the woman, described as a white female in her 20s who had dark hair in a ponytail and was wearing a black T-shirt. 

Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff's Office, said neither suspect is believed to have had a weapon.

Strachan said the homeowner was "very shaken up" but was otherwise unharmed. Police believe he acted within the bounds of the law, pending the results of a full investigation, Strachan said.

“A person is legally authorized to use force in their own home as long as it’s not unreasonable,” Strachan said. “Based on the preliminary information we have now, the homeowner acted legally and appropriately."

Caitlin Moran August 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Here's the post with the 911 audio, for anyone who missed it: http://patch.com/A-wM3x
Bob August 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
It's sad to see this happen to Dustin. I am friends with him on Facebook and he has a beautiful young daughter to take care of; his daughter's mother just passed away as well
Ronny T August 30, 2012 at 09:28 AM
He has kidnapped at fun point. Sold drugs for years, hurt whole family over and over again. Look up his public record this guy has a rap sheet a mile long. His child will be better off without him. Responsible parents stay home with their kids not go rob innocent people's homes.
CT August 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yes, but his voice sounded pathetic on the 911 call. At some level, I feel sympathetic for him and people alike. Iam sure even the homeowner would feel the same way at some point in the future.
EyeforanEye December 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Bob, you are delusional to defend this dirt bag, by describing how great of a guy he is. When your home is invaded, you'll feel differently. This A-hole deserved every bit of the fear of dying he experienced, while lying in his own pool of blood on the side of the road. The very people that helped him, we're probably likely his next victims. These home invasions are rampant in this area, and douche bags like this guy steal more than property. They steal the sense of security a homeowner feels in his own dwelling. The comments above should be should all be sympathetic to the homeowner unexpectedly walked into this situation, and could very well have lost his life in his own home. This ahole has likely made a recovery because of all the good People that stopped to help, along w police/medical, who spend their lives helping those in need without questioning their place in our society. I doubt that this worthless piece of shit was carrying out his first burglary! These home burglars don't typically do this once, they make a career out of stealing. He should have bled out on the sidewalk, with the fear, and the struggle in his head, questioning why he did what he did, in his last moments. Now the homeowner has to live in fear of retribution for a situation he didn't create. Maybe a dead scumbag father, who died because he decided to make all the wrong choices, would be the best example his kids, so that we don't see the cycle repeated.

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