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Feb. 17, 2012

A Columbia City man woke up early Friday morning to the sounds of someone breaking into his home.

He stopped the burglar with a shotgun, wounding the suspect. Police later caught up to the suspect on a Metro bus.

The home, which police first thought is a business, is  in the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South.

The 66-year-old who lives there woke up after midnight to hear banging sounds.

He grabbed the shotgun he keeps in his bedroom and went to investigate.

He found the front door open and a stranger standing in the entry.

He ordered the stranger to get down on the floor. The stranger refused, and the homeowner fired once.

The stranger dropped what he was holding and ran. The homeowner called police.

Just after 1 a.m., Metro Transit reported a passenger at Rainier Avenue South and South Andover Street who appeared to have been shot.

Police found the 37-year-old man, who had wounds from shotgun pellets in his left arm. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. His wounds aren't considered life-threatening.

Police questioned him about the burglary while he was being treated at Harborview. Police say they will put him in jail after he is released from the hospital.

At the home, police found a black bag just inside the entry. The bag, which the suspect had dropped, contained tools. And police say it looks like the burglar first tried to break in through a back door, then went to the front door when he couldn't get in through the rear of the home.

Police also talked to the 66-year-old homeowner and put his shotgun into evidence.

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This guy's life will quickly go down the "tube", after the guy who broke into his home gets out of jail. The homeowner made a fateful mistake by not killing the burglar outright, as long as he was inside the house, he was justified to do so -- then calling the Cretan Cops to come pick up the garbage. While the dirt bag is in the hospital, recovering at tax payer expense, he will be visited by council and told that he has a very good case against the homeowner for attempted murder and assault, and that the shotgun that the police confiscated as evidence will be used to slam dunk the case.
Once the Cretan/Cyborg/Cops took the homeowners Shotgun in as evidence, the homeowners fate was sealed. People just do not get it, nor do they learn from the countless daily examples of how things work under occupation. You do not have the right to defend yourself if you allow the home invader to live, as countless Americans have learned over the last 50 years, many still in jail for attempted manslaughter, even though it was there home that was broken into. -- Rod Remelin