Seattle burglar arrested when he goes to hospital after accidentally shooting himself in head

A key guideline when breaking the law while armed is to avoid shooting yourself in the commission of your crime, advice desperately needed by an alleged burglar in Seattle who found himself in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

Then again, when a convicted felon in a stolen van decides to arm himself during a burglary, he’s not exactly exercising sound judgment.

An injury inflicted by his own hand, it would appear. The drama began when a Seattle homeowner said he heard noises coming from his garage early Wednesday morning, according to Fox News. He went to his garage and found a masked intruder. The suspect ran away and the homeowner grabbed a broom and took off in pursuit — which is not recommended. Chasing the suspect to his van, which was in a nearby parking lot, the criminal raised his gun and warned the victim to back off.

“Seattle police report that the victim turned away from the suspect and later heard gunshots as the suspect’s vehicle sped away,” Fox News reported. “The victim immediately went home and called the police to report the burglary. When authorities arrived, he described the clothes that the suspect was wearing.”

Police responded and began checking the area for evidence when they received a call over the radio that a man had arrived at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to his head.

“Officers went to the hospital, found the injured man was wearing the same clothing as the suspect in the earlier burglary,” The Seattle Police Blotter said. “Police believe the suspect accidentally fired his handgun while climbing into his van, striking himself in the head. Officers also learned the suspect’s van was reported stolen and had been used in another crime outside of Seattle. Additionally, the suspect is also a convicted felon, unable to legally possess firearms.

After receiving sufficient treatment, the man will be booked into the King County Jail for burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, felony harassment, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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