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April 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Burglar fatally shot by retired Puyallup cop

A retired Puyallup police officer shot and killed one of four burglars who broke into his South Hill residence while he was sleeping on Wednesday afternoon, said Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman, Detective Ed Troyer.

Around 4:30 p.m., the burglars — three men and a woman, all in their early 20s — backed their pickup outside the officer’s house and used a crowbar to force entry into the residence, Troyer said. The homeowner awoke and fired multiple shots, hitting one of the male burglars who came at him with the crowbar, he said.

All four burglars ran from the house and drove off. About 15 minutes later, police were contacted by employees at Good Samaritan Hospital, where the injured burglar was taken by his companions, Troyer said. The man died, and deputies arrested the suspected getaway driver and the female burglar, he said.

The fourth suspect “is in the wind” after jumping out of the pickup at a gas station before it reached the hospital, but deputies know who he is and are now searching for him, Troyer said.

The pickup was found on the top level of the hospital’s parking garage, he said. Deputies also found items believed to have been stolen during other residential burglaries — including computers and electronics equipment — that the burglars dumped en route to the hospital.

Troyer said there have been a spate of residential burglaries in the South Hill area, an unincorporated area south of Puyallup, though he couldn’t say how many this particular group may have been involved in.

The retired officer, who is believed to have fired four or five times, is cooperating with police. He was not injured, Troyer said.

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