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Suspected thief dies following shootout with Marine


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MAPLE VALLEY — A suspected car thief died following a shootout with the car’s owner Tuesday morning, King County sheriff’s deputies said.

The incident happened just after midnight Tuesday in the 21800 block of SE 236th Place in Maple Valley.

According to sheriff’s deputies, a man walking his dog noticed a 27-year-old man attempting to steal his truck. The thief, realizing he had been spotted, left the truck and ran toward an awaiting getaway vehicle.

Deputies said the truck’s owner drew a gun and yelled “gun” in an attempt to stop the thief, who entered the getaway vehicle. The truck’s owner fired into the engine block, stopping the car. The thief then allegedly pulled a gun of his own and and the men exchanged gunfire. The truck’s owner fired multiple times at the thief, striking him.

The man was dead when police arrived at the scene. His identity has not been released. The truck’s owner — a Marine who served in Iraq — was briefly detained before being released, officials said. He has a valid concealed weapons permit.

The case will be forwarded to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, which will decide whether or not to file charges against the truck owner.

A witness to the scene, the Marine’s aunt Kristen Hague, said the Marine even tried to perform CPR on the suspected thief while awaiting the police. She also said he pushed her out of the way during the gunfire.

“I think he saved my life,” Hague said.

Neighbors who heard the shots said at least eight rounds were fired between the individuals.

A female from Kent who was at the scene with the suspect in a stolen Honda Accord was arrested and charged with driving a stolen vehicle as well as having a warrant for her arrest, police said.



18 Comments to “Suspected thief dies following shootout with Marine”

    guest said:
    September 24, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    this is another example of what's wrong with society. Truck owner is being held while they investigate, these people were clearly criminals and yet the victim is being treated as one. If you commit a crime against someone you should have no rights, not even to life!

      reader said:
      September 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      ja vol mein fuhrer!

      Block Watch said:
      September 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      i think the law works slower than a popular TV show.

    JMGilday said:
    September 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    I see no need to 'detain' the victim of this crime. He followed the rules and defended himself and his property.

    daughter said:
    September 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Not very long ago my parents came home early from their cabin in eastern Washington to find 2 men inside their home. My Dad had his shot gun and told the men to "HALT ", but the men did not so he fired hitting 1 man and killing him. I am very proud that my Dad had the guts to pull the trigger, but the ordeal has taken a toll on him and causes him much distress. people look at him differently' as if he was the criminal and THAT makes me angry.
    The other man fled the scene but was later arrested and a AK-57 was found on the front seat, I have no doubt that the men would have used deadly force if they had not been surprised by my parents early arrival. Its sad, but its really seeming to be turning into a " SHOOT 1st ASK LATER" society out of necessity, if you dont protect yourself your leaving yourself open to being shot and killed yourself. .I'm proud of my Dad………..

    daughter said:
    September 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    AK-47 sorry slip of the key stroke

      sv1g said:
      September 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      I don't think your Dad is a criminal. I think the world needs a whole bunch more people like him. Enough is enough.

    Kit said:
    September 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    You have to be pretty stupid if you're willing to die stealing a TV, computer or car. Drugs make people stupid.

    Willy said:
    September 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    How many rounds are in the Glock? That's a lot of holes in the car.

    j said:
    September 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM


      sv1g said:
      September 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Yep, not too shabby for someone firing under stress.

    Sarge said:
    September 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM


    Publius said:
    September 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I have a sticker on all the doors and windows to my home stating “The owner of this property is armed and prepared to protect Life, Liberty and Property from criminal attack. There is nothing inside worth your life.
    You can pick them up in Bellevue at the Second Amendment Foundation.

    KIKI1952 said:
    September 24, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Good! One less filthy thief. Makes me want to go out and buy a gun. Detectives need to get to the source of who is recruiting these thieves and giving them outlets to sell their loot. 'Get a JOB' don't 'Rob'

    mm said:
    September 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    When the man is leaving the scene why fire sounds like a gun battle issued due to the owner going above and beyond what is needed he still had his truck and his life wasn’t in danger until he opened fire on the perp causing the perp to fire back. Not saying its ok to steal but its sad that someone gets taken over so very little remember people just because someone makes a mistake doesn’t mean they should pay for it with their life i feel sorry for the marine involved but i feel even worse for the “thiefs” mom, dad, child they have lost a loved one and no vehicle is worth a life.

      11 Singh said:
      September 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Stfu you libtard. If the man drew a gun it's to fire. Go fuck yourself,

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