An intruder who appeared to be looking for prescription drugs stabbed a 75-year old man in the abdomen in Western Washington. His 80-year old wife, trained in firearms, went for her gun emptied it into the stranger, saving her husband, herself and her 45-year old son who was in the house at the time.
The elderly man is listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is in a lot of pain according to his wife.
“It could have been a very bad situation,” said neighbor Richard Cross. “It could have been three homicides over there instead of one intruder biting the dust.”
Police said the 75-year-old husband watched the stranger break into the house through the back door and then hit him on his head before stabbing him after rifling through a medicine cabinet. That’s when his 80-year-old wife grabbed a gun and killed the intruder.
“She didn’t think a second about it,” said Cross. “I mean it was just automatic. She emptied the gun.”
No one in the family recognized the stranger who was identified by the medical examiner as 25-year-old Steven Sheppard from Gold Bar. Sheppard, a felon who was imprisoned for robbery in 2013.
The county prosecutor will determine if any criminal charges will be filed against the 80-year old woman.
He had better not!
If she didn’t have that gun, they all would have been dead.