West Seattle

Police: Armed homeowner pistol-whips burglar into submission

SEATTLE -- An armed homeowner confronted a burglar and pistol-whipped him into submission outside his house last Thursday in West Seattle, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the homeowner and his family were sleeping in their home in the 4400 block of 37th Avenue Southwest around 12:45 a.m. when the family's dogs started barking.

The homeowner got out of bed, threw on a robe and grabbed his pistol. According to the report, he heard someone jiggling the lock on one gate into his backyard before seeing someone walk around the house to another gate.

According to the report, the suspect came through the gate, and the homeowner told him to stop, saying he had a gun and the police had been called.

The homeowner later told officers he asked the suspect what he was doing in his backyard, and the suspect responded he didn't know; he was drunk and his friends had dropped him off there.

The suspect walked off, and the homeowner followed to see where he was going.

According to the report, the homeowner confronted the suspect in his back driveway. The homeowner told officers the suspect clenched his fists and appeared ready to attack.

That's when the homeowner pistol-whipped the suspect in the head, after which the homeowner said the suspect stopped being aggressive.

According to the report, the suspect followed the homeowner to the front yard to wait for police. He was eventually arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.