Sheriff: 80-year-old woman shoots, kills suspected home invader who stabbed husband

SULTAN, Wash. -- An 80-year-old Sultan woman shot and killed a 25-year-old man who had broken into the house and was stabbing her husband Thursday night, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the husband was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen. He was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center and was in stable condition.

The woman called 911 at about 8:30 p.m. from the home in the 13700 block of Woods Lake Road and said "she had shot an intruder after he broke into her home and stabbed her husband," Ireton said.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Gold Bar man, died at the scene, Ireton said.

The woman did not sustain any injuries nor did the couple's 45-year-old son, who was also in the home at the time of the incident.

"At this time, detectives do not believe the suspect was known to the residents of the home and that this was an attempted home burglary," Ireton said.

Identification of the suspect, as well as cause and manner of death, will be confirmed by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.