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MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. — A suspected car thief who was in the middle of breaking into a pickup truck was shot and killed by the truck’s owner in Maple Valley early Tuesday morning, King County Sheriff’s deputies said.
The 27-year-old thief, who family identified as Blake Moore, and his girlfriend were already driving a stolen Honda with stolen plates when they pulled up to a home in the 21800 block of SE 236th Place just after midnight, deputies said.
As the man then began breaking into a pickup truck, the truck’s owner came out to walk his dog and confronted the thief, according to investigators. Guns were drawn, and several shots were fired.
The thief ducked behind the truck he was trying to steal, but was still struck several times and died at the scene, deputies said.
The truck owner’s aunt hailed her nephew, who is a former Marine, as a hero for saving her life as the bullets began flying.
“He shoved me out of the way when the guy was going to shoot at us,” said Kristen Hague. “Looked like (the thief) had a gun and pushed me out of the way and yelled ‘gun!’ and I don’t think if he would have done that, I would be alive… I think he was defending me — I totally see it.”
She said her nephew was definitely justified in fatally wounding the thief.
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Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet as quickly as possible.