MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- Two suspected thieves were shot and one was killed by a Maple Valley homeowner Friday after he caught them breaking into his storage unit.
Investigators said the man called 911, but then took matters in his own hands.
King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said it happened around 4 a.m. in the 23200 block of 212th Avenue SE in a rural part of Maple Valley.
Police said the 66-year-old property owner was sleeping in a motorhome and heard banging outside. He called 911 to say he was being robbed and someone was in a container on his property. The line then went dead. The man called 911 back and said he had shot two intruders.
When deputies arrived, they found one man dead. A woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
Several homes in the area have recently been targeted by thieves, and police say there have been three burglary calls at the homeowner's property in the past eight days.
Neighbors say the property owner is a respected veterinarian who doesn't seem violent at all, but they think he's had enough.
Detectives questioned and released the property owner; so far the sheriff's department is not recommending charges. Police are going to recommend that burglary charges be filed against woman.
"In Washington state we're looking for someone who felt threatened for their life or safety or the life or safety of someone around them," said Detective Jason Stanley, King County Sheriff's Office.
It's not clear if the suspects were after medical supplies.
"You wouldn't look at Chuck's place and think it's a price place to steal, but maybe somebody knew he was good for this and good for that," said neighbor Dennis Lundy.
Still, neighbors say it seems the thieves that have been coming around would take just about anything and everything, including their sense of security.
KING 5's Amy Moreno and Liza Javier contributed to this report.