A Columbia City man woke up early Friday morning to the sounds of someone breaking into his home.
He stopped the burglar with a shotgun, wounding the suspect. Police later caught up to the suspect on a Metro bus.
The home, which police first thought is a business, is in the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South.
The 66-year-old who lives there woke up after midnight to hear banging sounds.
He grabbed the shotgun he keeps in his bedroom and went to investigate.
He found the front door open and a stranger standing in the entry.
He ordered the stranger to get down on the floor. The stranger refused, and the homeowner fired once.
The stranger dropped what he was holding and ran. The homeowner called police.
Just after 1 a.m., Metro Transit reported a passenger at Rainier Avenue South and South Andover Street who appeared to have been shot.
Police found the 37-year-old man, who had wounds from shotgun pellets in his left arm. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. His wounds aren't considered life-threatening.
Police questioned him about the burglary while he was being treated at Harborview. Police say they will put him in jail after he is released from the hospital.
At the home, police found a black bag just inside the entry. The bag, which the suspect had dropped, contained tools. And police say it looks like the burglar first tried to break in through a back door, then went to the front door when he couldn't get in through the rear of the home.
Police also talked to the 66-year-old homeowner and put his shotgun into evidence.