A burglary suspect was shot in the arm after being confronted by the relatives of the property owner, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) said yesterday.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a property on the 1200 block of Oak Drive SE early morning on Sept. 19 after an alleged trespasser was shot, according to a TCSO news release.
Two of the family members, who were described as “cooperative” with authorities, said they heard something on the property, which had been repeatedly burglarized in the past week.
The relatives checked and found two ATVs parked near storage trailers. They confronted two men who were walking away from the trailers.
The suspects were identified as a 50-year-old Rochester man and a 60-year-old Centralia man. When confronted, the older man fled into the bushes while the Rochester man charged at one of the family members, who was holding a rifle.
The Rochester man was shot in the arm, causing a serious but non-life-threatening wound. The man was treated at the Providence St. Peter hospital.
The TCSO said it is not yet naming the suspects as formal charges have yet to be filed.
The case will be referred to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
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