Lewis County homeowner shoots intruder, holds him at gunpoint until deputies arrive
2/10/13, 10:11 AM
CHEHALIS, Wash. -- A Lewis County homeowner shot and injured a man who entered into his Chehalis home early Sunday morning. He then held the intruder at gunpoint until authorities arrived.
That's according to Lewis County Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.
"Lewis County Central Communications received a phone call at 0447 hours asking to have law enforcement respond, as someone was outside of their residence in the 400 block of SR603, Chehalis," the Lewis County Sheriff's Office reports.
"The 24-year-old male homeowner reported he was asleep with his wife inside of his house and heard someone talking outside of his residence," according to the sheriff's office news release. "9-1-1 was called and he then armed himself with a pistol waiting for law enforcement to arrive.
"The suspect, Brian L. Creed, 51, of Chehalis entered the residence and started down the hallway towards the homeowner who was standing in front of his bedroom door to protect his wife in their bedroom.
"The homeowner told the suspect to stop; however, the suspect chose to charge him. The homeowner fired one shot ... the suspect continued and tackled the homeowner.
"The two were involved in a physical altercation until the homeowner was able to disengage. He held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived at 0507 hours."
According to a sheriff's office statement, "The investigation revealed Creed had recently moved into a house nearby off of Nix Road. He admitted to deputies that he had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.
"Creed was transported by ambulance to Provide Centralia Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview in stable condition. He is in custody for burglary and assault.
"The homeowner was uninjured."
Detectives are at the scene continuing their investigation Sunday morning.
"My office works very hard in ensuring people feel safe and secure in Lewis County," said Sheriff Steve Mansfield in a prepared statement. "People have to be prepared to protect themselves in situations like this in their own homes. Our response times are as fast we can make them but there may be a time when you are by yourself and you are forced to make a life or death decision to protect yourself and your family, like this man did."
The sheriff's office has scheduled a news conference about this case for 10:30 a.m. Monday.