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Questions Remain for Terrace Heights Man Who Shot Car Prowler

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A 17-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the leg by someone who saw him breaking into a car in Terrace Heights on Monday. However, it's not just the car prowler who's in trouble with the law, the shooter could face charges as w A 17-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the leg by someone who saw him breaking into a car in Terrace Heights on Monday. However, it's not just the car prowler who's in trouble with the law, the shooter could face charges as w

UPDATE/TERRACE HEIGHTS, WA - Yakima County Sheriff’s Investigators have forwarded documents to the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommending assault charges against a 18-year-old man who shot the leg of a car prowler’s in Terrace Heights on July 6th.

 Information obtained by investigators during the course of the investigation suggested that the actions of the 18-year-old in shooting the fleeing car prowl suspect were not seen as justifiable.

The car prowl suspect remains in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center with significant injuries as a result of the shooting.

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TERRACE HEIGHTS, WA - A 17-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the leg by someone who saw him breaking into a car in Terrace Heights on Monday. However, it's not just the car prowler who's in trouble with the law, the shooter could face charges as well.An 18-year-old man heard a car door slam outside a home where he was house sitting for a family member. He ended up shooting a suspected criminal, but now deputies are wondering if that shooting was justified. 

A quiet neighborhood in Terrace Heights got a rude surprise Sunday morning when two car prowlers tried to steal items from a car. In the end, it was the thieves who were surprised when an 18-year-old shot one suspect in the leg as he tried to run away. 

"This area here, it's just so quiet," Chuck Monroe said. "It's so peaceful. Nobody hears nothing, nobody does nothing, everybody's friendly. And then to have this, we're like 'wow.'" 

Some would say that a criminal got what he deserved but the Sheriff's Office is asking if the punishment fit the crime. 

"When can you legally shot someone?" we asked.

"You can legally shooting someone if your life or some body else's life is or may be in jeopardy," Detective Mike Russell said. "That is really it. You can't shoot somebody just because they are fleeing the scene of a crime. You know, we don't live in a James Bond world. We have to show that your life or somebody else's life is in jeopardy and you're trying to protect someone's life."

Deputies are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. In the end, the 18-year-old could end up being charged with felony assault. 

"Well I feel bad for the 18-year-old young man," Detective Russell said. "I guess what's painful is you know a young man can make a mistake and have some very big consequences if he acted inappropriately because of the severity of his actions."

While some may think he was justified in shooting the suspect, others may say he went too far.

The sheriff's office says the 18-year-old used a family member's gun during the shooting. Sheriff's deputies are still looking for the other suspect who sped off in an unknown car from this scene.
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