Two people shot in home invasion in Finn Hill; Medical marijuana distributor targeted


UPDATED, and are reporting that two people have been shot this morning in the Finn Hill neighborhood in what is being described as a home invasion robbery. The incident took place at the home of Steve Sarich. Sarich dispenses medial marijuana from his home and police believe that is why he was targeted.

Just before 5:00 a.m., Sarich was woken by the barking of his dogs. He investigated the disturbance to find four men in his home. One of the men fired a shotgun at Sarich, hitting him with pellets in both the face and leg. Sarich returned fire with his pistol and missed. When his pistol jammed, he ran back to his bedroom to get another handgun. He used this gun to fire again at the intruders, this time hitting one of them.

According to King County Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart, two people were shot at the scene - one a homeowner and the other a robbery suspect. Urquhart said the suspect suffered a life-threatening wound and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for medical treatment.

Authorities say there may be a second suspect on the loose, though they are not 100% certain there was a second suspect involved. If there was, they believe the suspect may have not gotten very far. A King County sheriff's SWAT team is assembling so they can start searching for the suspect in the near vicinity.

Several ambulances are at the scene. Several blocks of Juanita Drive NE are closed, from Juanita Beach to Holmes Point Drive due to police activity. Drivers are advised to take alternate routes.

A SWAT team searched the house to make sure there was no one else inside, and deputies are questioning a man who was detained a short time later a few blocks away.

Officials said a garbage truck driver spotted the man hitchhiking and thought it was suspicious, so he called police.

It all started around 4:45 a.m. along Juanita Drive Northeast. It's not yet known if a second suspect is still in the area. A SWAT team is arriving on the scene shortly and will do a sweeping search.

Deputies say this happened home invasion took place at a house that is known to them. They say it's a home that grows medical marijuana which could be the motive behind the robbery.

Traffic on Juanita Drive was halted by police during the investigation.

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