KENMORE, WASHINGTON – A female suspect was shot and wounded early on December 28th after she broke into a storage facility, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Meyer.
Deputies and medical responders were summoned to a reported shooting at People’s Storage in the 6900 block of NE 181st Street at 12:15 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a female with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the resident caretaker of the facility confronted the woman as she was attempting to break in and steal items. During the confrontation, the woman pulled a gun on the caretaker. The caretaker, who was also armed, fired a single shot that struck the woman in the shoulder. When released from the hospital, the woman is expected to be booked into the King County Jail. The investigation is continuing.
The majority of self-storage facilities across the United States have a business office that is only staffed during the day, relying on fencing, lighting and surveillance cameras for after-hours security. Unfortunately for the woman, she targeted a facility with a resident caretaker who also filled the unofficial role of an armed security guard.