The homeowner was in his house when he surprised the suspected burglar, Snohomish County sheriff's bureau chief Kevin Prentiss said. There was some sort of confrontation, and police weren't immediately sure if it was physical, but at least one shot was fired.
The shooting was reported just before noon in the 10500 block of 21st Avenue SE, just south of Everett, near Costco.
A few neighbors milled about after police shut down the road. They said a middle-aged man and his mother live at the home and have for many years. There was nothing about the single-story cream-colored house with blue trim that stood out in the modest, middle-class neighborhood.
Prentiss on Monday evening declined to share more information about the shooter or the suspected burglar. He said he expected those details to become public Tuesday.
Police weren't immediately certain how the burglar got into the home, or what kind of firearm was used by the homeowner, he said.
Daytime burglaries are fairly common in Snohomish County, because houses tend to be empty when people are at work, Prentiss said.
Detectives on Monday afternoon were waiting for a judge's permission to search the house. They expected to be on scene for hours.
Witnesses said the police towed away a car that was parked in front of the house.
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