Catching bad guys is much easier when they don’t use basic safe gun handling practices. You know, basics like good trigger discipline never muzzling yourself. It was a conspicuous lack of that kind of care and attention that allowed the over-worked Seattle police to get another criminal off the streets quickly after he tried to burglarize a garage yesterday.
A homeowner heard a noise in his garage and, as the Seattle PD describes what happened, he went to investigate . . .
As the victim approached his garage, he saw the masked suspect, who turned and ran. The victim grabbed a broom and followed the suspect, who fled to a van in a nearby parking lot.
The un-named burglar then pointed a handgun at the homeowner and told him to back off.
When he saw the gun, the victim turned around, and heard a gunshot moments later. The suspect in the van then sped away.
A search of local hospitals revealed a man dressed the way the homeowner described who had presented with a gunshot wound to his head.
Police believe the suspect accidentally fired his handgun while climbing into his van, striking himself in the head. Officers also learned the suspect’s van was reported stolen and had been used in another crime outside of Seattle. Additionally, the suspect is also a convicted felon, unable to legally possess firearms.
What are the odds?
Once the suspect receives treatment for his injuries, police will book him into the King County Jail for burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, felony harassment, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
How about discharging a firearm within city limits? Reckless endangerment? Surely prosecutors can come up with a few more if they try really hard. We’d be happy to provide a list of the four rules of gun safety for the would be burglar, but assuming he recovers from his wounds, he isn’t likely to need them any time soon.