Sheriff's department: Teen shot fleeing scene of burglary

Staff writerMay 20, 2014 

A 17-year-old boy was shot allegedly fleeing the scene of a house he was trying to burglarize Tuesday in East Pierce County, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

He was taken the hospital, and is expected to live, Troyer said.

A neighbor caught the boy trying to burglarize a home about 6 p.m. in the 17700 block of 84th Avenue East, and tried to ram the neighbor's car while getting away, Troyer said.

The neighbor fired rounds at the boy, who was hit, and called police to say he was wounded in a drive-by shooting, Troyer said.

When asked how the homeowner would be involved in the investigation, Troyer said deputies were still interviewing witnesses Tuesday night.

Troyer said the boy is known to deputies as a burglar and drug user, but could not say if he has prior convictions for those crimes, because he is a minor.

Further details were not immediately available.

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