South Hill resident stops attempted break-in, shoots tire of escape vehicle, authorities say

At least one suspect was at large in the South Hill area Tuesday night after a resident with a gun thwarted an attempted break-in, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The failed break-in was reported just after 9 p.m. and happened near to another possible home burglary attempt. Sheriff’s department spokeswoman detective Lynelle Anderson gave this account:

A person who lives near the intersection of 188th Street and Eastwood Avenue East in South Hill interrupted an attempted break-in at 9:13 p.m.; it was not clear Tuesday night how many suspects were involved. The resident, who was armed, chased the getaway vehicle, fired and took out at least one tire, at which point the suspect or suspects fled.

A short time earlier, somebody had broken out a glass door at a residence about three blocks to the west, near 188th Street and 92nd Avenue. Deputies were trying to determine Tuesday night whether the burglar or burglars had gained entry to the home.

There was no indication that anybody had been shot and no suspects were in custody as of late Tuesday, Anderson said. The investigation was continuing.