Local home invasion, a few blocks away....

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  1. Berto

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    Two shot in Kirkland home invasion

    Two people were shot during a home-invasion robbery early Monday in Kirkland and a third suspect was apprehended. Authorities are searching for two other suspects.

    King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said medical marijuana was being grown in the house in the 11000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast and that's likely the motive for the robbery.

    "We are aware of the house," said Urquhart.

    The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. when Steve Sarich, 59, and his girlfriend were alerted to the intruders by their barking dogs. Sarich got up and was confronted by two men inside his house.

    The suspect and Sarich apparently shot each other.

    The suspect, 19, of Renton, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, said Urquhart. Sarich's injuries were not as serious.

    The suspect, who underwent surgery Monday morning, is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview.

    A second suspect, 19, was found hitchhiking, said Urquhart. Police are searching for two other suspects.

    Sarich was treated at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland and released, said hospital spokeswoman Sherry Grindeland. He was grazed by shotgun pellets in the cheek and arm, said Michael Gresham, a volunteer for a medical marijuana advocacy group called CannaCare, which Sarich operates out of his house.

    Sarich is licensed to grow medical marijuana.

    Sarich told The Associated Press that when he heard the dogs barking, he walked down a hallway with a .22-caliber handgun and was confronted by a man with a shotgun, who raised it and fired.

    Sarich also fired, but missed, he told the AP. He said ran back to his bedroom after the pistol jammed, got another gun, and then fired three shots through his glass bedroom door, hitting another one of the robbers.

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    According to the Sheriff's Office, Sarich reported that on Jan. 13 two men broke into his home around 2 a.m.

    The man chased off the two intruders and fired off a couple of gunshots, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Sheriff's detectives are looking into whether the incident is related to Monday morning's home invasion.

    On Saturday, Sarich had sent an e-mail to Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles — who sponsored a medical marijuana bill that passed in the Legislature last week — expressing concern about home-invasions of medical pot growers and about police responses to them.

    He cited the January incident at his own home and one last week that resulted in the death of a medical pot grower and patient in Orting, Wash. Sarich was outraged at what he claimed was law enforcement's apparent weak efforts investigating the home invasions while they instead raid the homes of the growers.

    "I just thought you should know that this is what we face and why patients constantly live in fear. We not only have to fear being robbed, but we have to fear what will happen when law enforcement shows up to 'investigate,'" he wrote

    Juanita Drive, which was closed Monday morning while the search for the other suspects was underway, was reopened about 9 a.m. Urquhart said officers will later get a search warrant and go inside the house.

    He didn't know how many people were living in the house.

    "This was most likely drugs or money," said Urquhart, in explaining the reason for the robbery. "That's probably the motive for the home invasion. This was absolutely not random. Home invasions are rarely random."


    Hard to shoot guud stoned.


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    I know its different.
     
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    IF he had a glock, it wouldn't have jammed and he could have gotten them all....:)
     
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    The Crime van is still there, along with most of the news agencies. Just drove by it on the way to the gym.
    I guess they are serving the HO with a search warrant too. Nice.
     
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    I'd like to thank the guy for keeping at least one of the BGs out of Shoreline. :supergrin: