Armed Homeowner Stops Suspected Thief


On Monday August 5, 2019 at approximately 9:53p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 8000 block of Southeast Francis Street on a report of a burglary in progress. Officers arrived at the location and discovered the homeowner holding the suspect at gunpoint. The suspect was taken into custody.

Officers learned that the homeowner found the suspect hiding in the garage holding a machete. The homeowner was armed with a gun and fired two shots. The suspect complied with the homeowner until police arrived.

Officers located evidence of gunfire at the scene. No one was injured as a result of the shooting. The suspect was identified as 50-year-old William James Kennedy. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Burglary in the Second Degree.

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