Father Shoots Prowler Outside His Children's Bedroom Window

A man shot and injured a prowler who was peering into his children's room early Monday morning.

​Spanaway, WA – A father shot and wounded an attempted burglary suspect on Monday morning, after he caught the man outside of his children’s bedroom window.

The unnamed homeowner said that he and his wife were asleep at 2:18 a.m. on Feb. 19, when they heard footsteps and noises outside their residence, KIRO reported.

After an exterior motion light was triggered, the father went into the bedroom where his infant and toddler were asleep, and told his wife to move the children to safety and to call 911, KOMO reported.

"My wife and I are still kind of in shock," he told KIRO, "I opened a curtain and there was a threat immediately in my face."

He said the suspect was crouched down, and that his face was just inches away from the glass.

He hollered at the prowler to stop, then fired four rounds at him, the father told KIRO.

“That’s just the primal instinct as a man to try to protect my family and my wife,” he said. “I’m willing to put my life out there to make sure my wife and my sons are protected from that threat."

The unnamed 24-year-old suspect was hit by two of the homeowner’s bullets, and was lying in the grass when Pierce County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputies arrived.

They immediately recognized him from a New Year’s Eve arrest, and said that he had recently served a month-long jail sentence for breaking into vehicles, KOMO reported.

In a Facebook press release, the PCSO said that the incident was just one of the reports they received in relation to the suspect that night, and that he was also “believed to have committed another burglary 1 hour earlier at a neighbor’s house.”

That homeowner was awakened when someone started up his riding lawnmower out in his yard, police said. The homeowner called 911 as the suspect fled the area.

“The homeowner discovered that the suspect had tried to enter his vehicles, removed a screen to a bathroom window, and then forced entry to a shed,” the PCSO press release said. “Once inside the shed, the suspect removed a tarp covering a riding lawnmower and started the engine; the suspect apparently broke the mower's gear shift then fled on foot.”

Investigators obtained surveillance footage from the homeowner, and noted that the suspect in the video matched the appearance of the suspect who was shot in the subsequent attempted burglary.

The PCSO said that the suspect, who was “well known” to the department, was transported for medical treatment.

He faced charges in both incidents, police said.

The father who shot the prowler told KIRO that incidents like what his family experienced were the reason that having a firearm can be a lifesaving tool.

“It's OK to have a weapon in your home and protect yourself and your family," he said. "If I know that I can sway someone's thoughts to help them protect their family better and they live, then my job here is successful."

Do you think that lethal force is justified if a prowler is outside of your children's window? We'd like to hear what you think. Please let us know in the comments.

WalterL48, actually it depends on the Laws of the State you live in. In FL they just need to be on your property uninvited.

Should have blow. His head off. Too bad

I'm thinking "YES!" If the perp is next to the window of your children's bedroom, you don't have time to play 20 questions with that perp. You don't know why he's there - might be there to kidnap the children. Too many times a child has been taken out of her/his bedroom by wicked people.

Absolutely, no “good” reason to be outside at night staring into a child’s bedroom....

In a lot of states you have the right to defend yourself or your family if you feel the person is a threat whether they have gained entry or not. My first job is to protect my family. I’ll deal with the consequences later.

I wish all state laws were like Florida's. Takes the guesswork out of things.

My jurisdiction tough call. Have to go with the state of mind of the father if he in fact thought he or his or his family's life was in jeopardy. But, normally shooting a peeper who made no overt act to enter the residence is questionable. Looks like probably a call by the DA...

shoot. don't take any chances with your family's life.

socialists want people like this on the streets. just ask the aclu

For the prowler or would be prowler regardless of what varying idividuals may think about the question or even what the law is. You never know how any person is going to react in a situation in which they feel or are threatened. You don't have any control over that, and it is a chance you take every time you walk up to a strangers house that you might encounter someone else's instant crazy, fight or flight respose compliments of the amigdala. There is a reason why people don't just go around walking up to other peoples homes peering in the windows, and messing with their property or possessions. Because most people know there is a crazy in people that isn't worth provoking and eliciting. And when I say crazy I am not saying that people are wrong to react or whatever. I mean in that moment of fear and threat when a person knows they don't have time to deliberate they may act vicerally in ways they don't even fully conceptualize until after the threat is over and gone. Not a consciously constructed crazy or a sick crazy, just like I didn't have time to think and I did this and then that and it's crazy but it worked! Once I noticed two young guys following me and I made the crazy decision to turn around and walk toward then past them, it worked because I changed direction to go toward where there were street lights and businesses still open instead of continuing down my own dark and nearly desolate path. And I was scared to walk toward them but I did my best not to show it. they turned back around after I passed them and walked back to the porch where they had been sitting origionally when I had passed them on my way home and sat back down. They didn't want to risk following me into the light. But if I were a martial artist I might have laid them both out on the sidewalk. That is the chance they took when they decided to follow me.