Puyallup homeowner shoots and kills attempted burglar

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 5 at 6:55 PM

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A retired Puyallup police officer shot and killed a man who was attempting to break into his home Wednesday afternoon.

Pierce County sheriff's deputies said just before 4:30 p.m., a man who lives at a home in the 14300 block of 134th Avenue East was sleeping when people tried to break in.  The owner grabbed his gun and fired, hitting one of the intruders. The group then fled.

Their next stop was the emergency room. According to deputies, the injured man was dropped off at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, where he later died. 

That person has been identified as Kevin Fernandes, 21, of Spanaway.

After searching the parking lot, deputies found a man and woman, who were taken into custody for questioning.  They are in custody and being held until prosecutors decide what to charge them with.

Deputies were still looking for a fourth suspect.

Investigators also found a truck and what appeared to be stolen items from other burglaries, according to investigators.

"Those things are happening more and more in this economy. It's sad," said neighbor Matt Klein.

Just last Friday, a North Bend homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his house.  The King County Sheriff's Office said in that case the homeowner showed "great restraint" and determined the shooting to be "justified."

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