The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to identify a man who was fatally shot by the owner of a Kent tree nursery during an apparent burglary early Wednesday.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the owner shot and killed the alleged intruder and held a second man at gunpoint until deputies arrived at his nearly 20-acre property. Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said the owner of Frager Farm Stand, in the 25100 block of Frager Road South, was getting ready for bed around 1:30 a.m. when he went to investigate a noise in his business, which is adjacent to his house.
He grabbed his shotgun and discovered two young men rifling through his office, she said.
According to court documents, the man who was killed and a 21-year-old who survived went to Frager Farm around 10:30 p.m. and kicked open the front door. They became “spooked” and ran away, but returned later that night.
Deputies said the two had been smoking meth earlier that night.
The 21-year-old suspect was booked into the King County Jail just after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on investigation of burglary. He is also being held on a bench warrant that was issued Sept. 17 after he failed to show up in court to resolve a November 2012 violation for driving without a license, jail and court records show. The man is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.