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April 5, 2013 at 5:50 AM

Man shot dead, woman wounded in Maple Valley

A homeowner shoots two intruders at his residence at 212 ave se and se 232 st in maple valley early friday morning. Shooting took place behind these trailers.  There have been several calls for burglary on this property recently. One of the intruders has died. (Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff)

A Maple Valley homeowner fatally shot a man and wounded a woman he said were breaking into a shipping container on his property Friday morning. The shooting took place behind these trailers. (Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff)

A homeowner in Maple Valley fatally shot a man and wounded a woman he said were breaking into a shipping container on his property about 4 a.m. today.

King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said the man made two calls to 911: the first at 3:49 a.m. to say he had intruders on his property, and a second call a few minutes later to  say he had shot them.

West said the man was dead when deputies arrived. The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where she was reported in critical condition.

West said detectives are interviewing the homeowner to learn more about what took place, to help determine if he acted properly under the circumstances.

Sheriff’s Detective Jason Stanley said under Washington law, use of deadly force by a homeowner is typically justifiable only if the resident believes that they or others around them are in imminent physical danger, and typically does not include someone who is simply protecting property.  He said any decision about charging the resident would come from the King County prosecutor’s office.

KING-TV said the  66-year-old homeowner had previously reported that people were trying to break into a container on his property in a rural residential area the 23200 block of 212th Avenue Southeast.

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