Monday, October 5, 2009


GRANITE FALLS, -- Dozens of law enforcement officers have converged on a wooded area here where a burglar who shot at deputies is believed to be hiding.
Officials said deputies were called to a home about 8 p.m. Sunday night when a man returning home from vacation found items missing from his house.

While deputies were investigating, the homeowner saw someone in the woods nearby with a flashlight. When deputies went to check it out one gun shot was fired from the woods.

Believing they were under fire, the deputies took cover and called for backup.

Police from multiple departments in Snohomish County, including a SWAT team from Everett, have converged on the area around the home in the 20800 block of Menzel Lake Road.

Officials said the terrain in the area is difficult to search and they are warning people in the area to make sure their doors, windows and cars are locked.

The burglary comes as officials investigate whether the crash of a stolen plane last week in Granite Falls may be the work of Colton Harris-Moore, a notorious burglar who has repeatedly eluded capture.

Officials at the scene of the burglary and shooting said they don't know whether the incident is the work of Harris-Moore.