He caught two idiots breaking into his garage. He was holding them at gunpoint (waiting for the police - who showed up a few minutes late) when they decided to charge the guy holding the gun.
"While he was detaining them, both suspects charged at him. He fired at both subjects and hit both of them," [Tacoma police spokesman Mark] Fulghum said.Self-defense works
One of the burglars staggered down the alley and died; the other fell wounded, he said.
Police said the homeowner tried to help the injured burglar, administering first aid until firefighters and police arrived.
"Right now, early indications are that we was defending his house and then when he was charged he was defending himself," Fulghum said.