Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
A homeowner in Seattle called 911 when he heard his window being smashed and heard burglars inside his home.
Fortunately the man was armed or the situation could have turned out a hell of a lot different.
The attempted burglary occured right around 3 am.
Here’s a partial transcipt of the 911 call which has been released and obtained by ABC7.
“911, what are you reporting?” the dispatcher asks
“Yeah, my house is getting robbed right now,” the homeowner says.
“Are you armed?” the dispatcher asks.
“Yeah, I have a gun,” the homeowner replies.
The dispatcher, on the job only a few weeks, stays on the phone. Police are on the way.
“Is that crashing I hear behind you, is that them?” the dispatcher asks.
“Yeah, they broke the window out,” the homeowner says.
The suspect is moving closer.
“Do they know you’re there?” says the dispatcher.
“No, I don’t think so,” the homeowner tells her.
“OK, OK, stay quiet, OK? Keep yourself safe,” she says.
After four minutes on the phone with the dispatcher, you hear popping sounds.
“I heard shots, what happened?” the dispatcher asks.
“I had to shoot him. He came after me. I’m hiding in my closet in my bedroom,” says the homeowner.
The intruder is heard moaning in the background. The homeowner says he believes one other suspect has left.
“Did the person that you shot, did he leave?” the dispatcher asks.
“No, he’s here on the ground. He’s hurt,” the homeowner says.
The 29 year old intruder was found dead by police.
“It was definitely nerve-wracking but I think at the end of the day, training kind of kicked in,” said the 911 operator, Zoe Birkbeck in an interview with Kiro radio. After the shooting, she walked the homeowner through unloading his handgun, locking it in the closet away from the wounded intruder, and exiting his home to present himself to police officers.
“You don’t want someone spring out of that house, for the caller’s safety, for the officers’ safety,” said Birkbeck, who was trying to keep the frightened homeowner from running out of the house.
“So in that moment, where that fear and that relief is coming out of the caller and he’s trying to get out of there as fast as he can, in my opinion, to go, ‘Okay, we’re going to do this together,’ it will calm him down, it will slow him down, and it will hopefully eliminate any possible mistakes.”
Police praised Birkbeck, who just joined the 911 operations a few weeks ago, for her calm demeanor during the ordeal, according to KIRO.
The King County Sheriff’s office announced that it will not seek charges against the homeowner, because he acted in self-defense.
Like I said, if the homeowner wasn’t armed this story could have turned out to be tragic.
As it is, the good guy with a gun prevailed.
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