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Homeowner uses bear spray, shotgun to corral burglar

Homeowner uses bear spray, shotgun to corral burglar

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Police are crediting a homeowner armed with a can of bear spray and a shotgun with stopping a burglar in his tracks Tuesday morning.

The incident happened in the 8000 block of E. South Riverway Avenue in Spokane Valley. The homeowners told police they'd been burglarized several times in the last few days so they were prepared.

Investigators said when the homeowner realized someone was in his garage he emptied a can of bear spray inside. The suspects inside the garage broke out a window to get out.

A 17-year-old, armed with a machete, was confronted and ordered to drop the machete. Police said when he advanced the homeowner fired his shotgun as a warning. The teen swiftly dropped the machete and a backpack he was carrying and laid down on the ground.

When police arrived the suspect was in the driveway, his hands zip-tied.

A second suspect was arrested late Tuesday afternoon at a nearby home, but investigators are still searching for a third suspect. 

If you know anything about this burglary you are asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.