Burglar accidentally shot himself in leg at Tacoma house

It was not the smoothest break-in.

A burglar broke into a Tacoma house last month and was surprised to find one of the three men who lived there asleep in a bedroom.

Theburglar took a gun he found in the home and pointed it at the man, who woke up. The victim later described the burglar as “wild and crazy,” according to court documents.

The burglar then rummaged through the house, setting an iPad, laptop and other electronics by the front door so he could more easily haul them to his car.

“While in a bedroom, the suspect suddenly discharges the firearm and it appears to have struck the suspect in the leg,” records show.

The wounded burglar loaded the stolen items into his car and tried to leave but the car — which had duct tape covering the license plate number — wouldn’t start.

He then allegedly threatened to shoot the victim if he didn’t help push the car to get it moving. The man did and the burglar made his get-away.

The victim reported the Nov. 16 incident to police, who eventually linked the crime to a 22-year-old man. He was arrested Tuesday.

The suspect told varying counts of what happened to police before admitting he accidentally shot himself.

On Wednesday, prosecutors charged him with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping and theft of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653