Teen burglary suspect shot by homeowner

UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011, 5:51 P.M.

A 13-year-old boy is in stable condition after being shot by a homeowner during an early morning burglary in Medical Lake.

No one has been arrested, and the investigation is ongoing. Spokane County prosecutors will decide whether to file charges.

The boy, who sheriff’s officials previously said was 14, and a 14-year-old boy were carrying baseball bats when the homeowner confronted him after an alarm alerted him to a break-in in an enclosed room beneath his deck. The home is in the 600 block of North Grant Street, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The man’s wife called 911 about 4:50 a.m. and said her husband was holding a burglary suspect in the back yard.

“Minutes later she reported that the suspect had been shot,” wrote sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The boy was transported to a downtown hospital, where he underwent surgery mid-morning, Reagan said. The second suspect jumped over a fence and fled through an alley but was later contacted at his home and interviewed.

The homeowner said the room had been broken into several days earlier. He didn’t report it to police, but he did install the alarm, Reagan said.

Deputies seized the .45-caliber pistol used in the shooting. Detectives expected to be at the home for much of today. The man has talked to detectives, “but there is evidence in and around the home that still awaits collection,” Reagan said this morning.

A suspect in the burglary at the home last week was arrested this afternoon after a blocks-long foot case in Medical Lake. Mitchell Adam Swift, 18, of Medical Lake, was booked into jail for residential burglary and a municipal court theft warrant.

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