Protip for Thieves: Make Sure Your Victims Aren't Armed Marines

Another defensive use of a firearm against lawbreakers, this one in Washington State:

It happened just after midnight in the 23600 block of 219th Place SE [in Maple Valley, WA].

King County sheriff’s deputies say a man and a woman arrived at the scene in another vehicle that was stolen from Kent. The pair was allegedly trying to steal or prowl a pickup truck when the owner came out from a family gathering and confronted them.

Kristen Hague says the gathering was at her house and the truck belongs to her nephew, Keenan, a 24-year-old Marine. Hague says they spotted the would-be thieves and he confronted them.

“All I heard were gunshots, then I came outside and the man and woman were trying to drive away but the car wouldn’t go,” Hague gets emotional talking about what happened next. She says the male passenger stood up with a weapon.

“Keenan yelled ‘gun’, and he pushed me to the ground to protect me," said Hague. She says that’s when shots were exchanged. “He did it to protect me. He loves his aunt.”

One suspect was arrested, the other expired on the scene.

Had the thieves chosen to steal on Keenan's base, ironically, a Democrat executive order would have rendered him unarmed.

h/t JWF