Spokane Co. homeowner dodges bullet from suspected burglar

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 6:07 PM

SPOKANE Co. Wash.—Bullets narrowly missed a Spokane County man who came home to catch a suspected burglar in the act.  The entire fiasco ended with authorities arresting Ethan L. Burrow, 23.
 
The elderly victims returned home around 9:00 p.m. from a bridge game. Ron Kruerger told KREM 2 News that he knew something was not right when he turned into his driveway.

“I noticed a lot of trash all over the road, and I knew that was unusual because I walk everyday and pick up the trash in our area,” he added.

Kruerger also spotted his neighbors car in his driveway, found his garage door wide open, and entered his home to find destruction. He said every room was trashed. So Kruerger told his wife to wait outside while he checked out the home.

When Kruerger walked back inside the home to call 911, he noticed a man pointing a rifle at his head.

“I immediately dropped to the ground and the shot went off,” said Kruerger. “I just thought my number is up now. I didn't know what to do, whether I should stay there or run and be shot in the back.”

But Kruerger decided to run and to his shock the suspect began walking away.

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies later identified the armed man as Burrow.  Deputies caught Burrow about one mile from Krueger’s house.

Burrow stole at least one firearm from the home, the neighbor’s vehicle, and other items according to deputies.

Deputies arrested Burrow for 1st Degree Armed Burglary and 1st Degree Assault in addition to charges for Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Theft of a Firearm.  Burrow initially reported a second person was involved, but deputies determined he acted alone after further investigation.

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