Spokane woman holds alleged burglar at gunpoint


SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police said a woman helped them catch a burglar early Wednesday.

Witnesses called police around midnight to report a break in at a business on North Pittsburgh.  They watched Sean M. Denny, 35, take off on foot without a shirt.

Around 15 minutes later, the woman called police to report Denny kicked in her back door near East Dalton. The woman, who asks not to be identified, tells KREM 2 she was brutally awoken by the noise of Denny breaking into her home.

“I told him I was armed. He kept coming, so I started backing up,” she said.

The woman says her first reaction was to grab her gun.

She told dispatchers she grabbed her gun and fired one round.  It did not hit Denny.  When they arrived, they found the woman holding him at gunpoint in her living room.

“He laid on the couch. I stood there for a very short period of time. I asked him, ‘Did I hit you?’ There was no response. No movement. So I made my way to the telephone and dialed 911.”

Denny tried to run from the scene, but police caught him and took him into custody.  They said he was the same suspect responsible for the original burglary call.

Police said the homeowner was in reasonable fear for her life, fired her gun to protect herself, and clearly was within her legal right to do so.  Spokane Police Officers stayed on scene with the victim until her son arrived to help secure her house.

“You have to be prepared for anything. You don’t get do-overs. You can’t ask for a time out, so just do what you need to do,” the woman said.

Denny was arrested for one count of 2nd Degree Burglary, one count of Residential Burglary, and Resisting Arrest.  Denny was booked into the Spokane County Jail on his charges after being treated at a local hospital for his minor injuries.


4 thoughts on “Spokane woman holds alleged burglar at gunpoint

  1. In Canada the intruder gets to waltz in and do as he pleases while the home’s legal occupant gets to be a crime statistic to help bolster the police’s call for more funding so we all can be safer.
    In Canada police are actively promoting non use of self defense and have so much as included that line of thought into the Canada Firearms Act that effectively makes all law abiding citizens a waiting victim pool for whatever criminal comes along, and all with the blessing of the “police” and cowards in political arenas.

  2. Yep, most of us in Spokane are armed. Held off 2 young men with a shotgun who were coming through my front window at midnight . Amazing how fast the cops arrive when you have a gun on someone, and tell the operator you will shoot!

  3. I dunno. If I was in that situation I would be tempted to tell the burglar to get the hell out and never come back unless he wants to die. Just so I wouldn’t have to endanger myself by calling the police.

    1. I dunno L.S.A. . . . . I watch a lot of us police shows on tv and I’ve yet to see an innocent person shot by the police. And TV is such a showcase of what happens in real life ain’t it ??!! Yeah right !!
      Chances are, even thought you’re actually ON the phone to the despatcher (all 18 stone of her), have given her a DETAILED description of youself and the scumbag, when the filth arrive,they will just shoot ANYONE they can see – be it victim, offender, bystander and occasionaly one of their own . . . . . and by “shoot” I dont mean a double tap to any large body mass area – I’m talking 10lbs of brass to scoop up and sell at the scrap metal dealer. You’ll have time to collect it after the shooting dies down ’cause the filth will have “regrouped” at a doughnut shop while they await the arrival of the drones, armoured personel carriers,TWAT another 50 pigs and a P.R. person who will come up with the cover story that leaves them smelling of roses. So I have to agree with L.S.A. – if at all possible, deal with the situation without having a scumbag to dispose of or calling 911 you’ll have more chances of staying alive !!

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