KENT — The owner of a produce business near Kent shot and killed one of two intruders he found early Wednesday in the office, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The owner of Frager Farms, who lives on the property, armed himself with a shotgun when he discovered the break-in that appeared to be a burglary, according to Sgt. Cindi West, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
One intruder, believed to be around 19 to 21 years old, was killed in the office. The second intruder, 21, has been booked on warrants, said West.
The business owner held the second intruder at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
West said it doesn’t appear either intruder was armed.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m.in the 25100 block of Frager Road South. The business houses a produce stand and fruit-tree farm.
She said the owner of the business said there was an earlier break-in around 10 p.m. Tuesday. However, he didn’t report it at the time, West said. It wasn’t immediately known if the two break-ins are linked.
West says detectives will investigate the circumstances of the shooting, and prosecutors will decide whether the shooting was justified.
Under state law, a person can use reasonable force to prevent or attempt to prevent injury or “malicious interference” with property in the person’s possession. Force can be used to detain someone who unlawfully enters a building.
Homicide is considered justifiable if the person using deadly force is lawfully defending himself or another person from someone who is committing a felony, or someone who presents an imminent danger, according to state law.