Skip to comments.Suspected thief dies following shootout with Marine
Posted on 09/27/2013 3:24:13 PM PDT by marktwain
MAPLE VALLEY A suspected car thief died following a shootout with the cars owner Tuesday morning, King County sheriffs deputies said.
The incident happened just after midnight Tuesday in the 21800 block of SE 236th Place in Maple Valley.
According to sheriffs deputies, a man walking his dog noticed a 27-year-old man attempting to steal his truck. The thief, realizing he had been spotted, left the truck and ran toward an awaiting getaway vehicle.
Deputies said the trucks owner drew a gun and yelled gun in an attempt to stop the thief, who entered the getaway vehicle. The trucks owner fired into the engine block, stopping the car. The thief then allegedly pulled a gun of his own and and the men exchanged gunfire. The trucks owner fired multiple times at the thief, striking him.
The man was dead when police arrived at the scene. His identity has not been released. The trucks owner a Marine who served in Iraq was briefly detained before being released, officials said. He has a valid concealed weapons permit.
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Glad his truck is ok. That would have been the real tragedy.
Mess with the best, die like the rest.
Shooting your own truck sucks, but the outcome was awesome.
If I read correctly, it was the get away vehicle that was shot up. Not the Marine’s truck.
Who shot their own truck?
In this situation, why does the article mention that the guy had a CCW permit. It was his truck, on his property. Of course, it is a “good thing” that he has a CCW, but I don’t see how it is relevant to what happened.
My error. then the outcome was a win/win/win!
Great post! Love it!
I do wonder how the bullets hitting an engine block would stop a car, though.
Whatever... At least the thief is dead. All’s well that ends well.
It is written so it sounds as if one of the bad guys was stealing a car. Therefore, assuming one of the bad guy's owned the car, then he either got into a shootout with himself or the getaway driver of the car.
Nice creative writing! The author should win a prize. Now the marine could get in trouble for shooting a car thief instead of a truck thief. ;-)
I like all those holes in the car. About a dozen. I wonder what he was carrying.
The getaway car was a stolen Honda Accord. A female who was apparently the getaway car driver was arrested at the scene and charged.
I have been told that a .357 magnum or anything larger like a .44 magnum will crack an engine block which could be enough to stop it.
Pretty sure a bullet would not stop the engine in my dually—a 454 gas version, which weighs about 550# on it’s own. All cast iron—NO aluminum!
Most late model vehicles have a plastic intake manifold. .22LR will stop the engine if the manifold is holed. I took some junk engine parts to a friends shooting spot. .308 will blow chunks out of a cast iron head or block. As will .223, but not such big chunks.
.357 Magnum and .44 magnum will bust up aluminum blocks and heads, marginal on cast iron. The plastic intake is vulnerable to even mouse guns, and most V-6 and V-8 engines have plastic intakes for the last 10 years.
For 35 years I have looked at engines I was working on, deciding just where to shoot to stop one. If I have my M1A even a Dodge diesel will stop on command.
Thanks for the info!
Never bring a gun to a Marine fight.
Ed Schultz shot his own dog.
Shooting old car parts is fun, but not the safest thing in the world to do. I should have took pictures.
he shot the other getaway vehicle.
“Pretty sure a bullet would not stop the engine in my duallya 454 gas version, which weighs about 550# on its own. All cast ironNO aluminum!”
Actually, it probably would. Magnums have been used for this purpose by police since they were first available. They could break flathead Fords, and “modern” (post-1950’s) engines have better thin wall casting techniques. Some of those old engines were amazingly heavy (with cast-in oil pans) given their displacement.
You might think that an aluminum engine would be better, but the aluminum engine blocks are generally made with high silicon content, and are strong, but brittle.
Pretty low on my list of things to do is “engage in gun battle with a Marine”.... I guess loser criminal had that much higher on list
You're correct. Unless people have actually worked on rebuilding an engine, they may not realize it isn't a solid block of metal. The block has thin walls enclosing water and oil passageways (tunnels). Doesn't take much to penetrate many areas and cause a shutdown of an engine. Often, just simple debris in the air intake (enclosed in plastic) will destroy valves and pistons.
Nonetheless they are apparently supposed to let a dirtbag
Reminds me of an old cartoon in an American Rifleman mag during the '60s. Shows a guy holding a .44 Magnum with smoke wafting from the barrel and saying "Packs quite a wallop, doesn't it?" Next to him is a car with the hood up, a hole in the engine, and smoke wafting up from it too.