Man arrested for shooting teen after alleged burglary in Summit area

Staff writerMay 21, 2014 

An attempted burglary at a Summit area home Tuesday ended with a 17-year-old boy shot and a neighbor behind bars.

The incident started about 6 p.m. when a resident in the 17700 block of 84th Avenue East noticed somebody rummaging through a vacant house next door.

The man went outside and stopped the teen as he was trying to leave. They spoke for roughly 15 minutes before the boy decided he wasn’t going to wait for police and tried to flee, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

“The neighbor chased him down the road and fired multiple shots at the van the kid was driving,” Troyer said. “When he called about the burglary, he left out the shooting.”

Deputies took the burglary report. They also took a report from the teen, who called 911 moments later after he drove home. The teen told deputies he’d been shot in a drive-by shooting.

Eventually the deputies figured out that the two reports were connected. They arrested the 23-year-old neighbor on suspicion of first-degree assault.

“The kid was not a threat even though he was burglarizing a vacant house,” Troyer said. “The homeowner aggressively took off after (the kid) and fired at him.”

The teen reportedly underwent surgery Wednesday and is expected to survive.

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