80 Year Old Woman’s Shooting of Stabber – Justified

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80 Year Old Woman’s Shooting of Stabber – Justified
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Seattle Times reported back on 4-29-2016 in Sultan, Washington, an 80 year old woman shot and killed a man who stabbed her husband after breaking into their home Thursday night, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.

Medics airlifted the injured 75-year-old man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with stab wounds to the abdomen, according to a news release from sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton. The intruder, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was from Gold Bar.

The woman called 911 around 8:30 p.m. to report she shot the man after he broke into the home in the 13700 block of Woods Lake Road. Neither the woman nor the couple’s 45-year-old son, who also was home, were injured.

Investigators believe the intruder was a stranger to the residents and that he was intending to burglarize the home, according to sheriff’s office.

UPDATE 12-23-2016 the prosecutor says the elderly woman had no choice but to use deadly force when she fatally shot a home intruder in April.

The Snohomish County deputy prosecutor determined that the resident lawfully fired as 25-year-old intruder advanced toward her. He had broken into the home and stabbed and struck the resident’s husband.

The wife then called police and a dispatcher helped her stem the flow of blood from her husband’s wound. An autopsy found methamphetamine in the dead intruders’ system.


The older couple was not the easy target the intruder expected. This is exactly why it’s important to keep a self-defense firearm in your home and know how to use it.

There is no possible way that law enforcement officers could have arrived in time to prevent this attack!

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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John H

Something seriously wrong when it takes 8 months for a state to figure out that The old lady had every right to shoot that idiot !!

Dave Eckart

It took 8 months to figure out they couldn’t successfully prosecute her for murder. They then closed the case, unwittingly affirming that she had the right to self-defense, especially after the decedent attacked and injured her husband. I worked with an older man years ago. He was always very active and healthy. He one day he fell while jogging, and several month later died. He was 83 years old. His death wasn’t directly related to the fall, being that the injures were not life-threatening. It was the stress on his body trying to heal from the injures lead to his… Read more »


Good shot grandma! Keep piling them up, there is a lot of work to be done to MAGA and the work isn’t all on the shoulders of the incoming President


Truly, the intruder experienced a catastrophic failure of the victim selection process.

Applause for the little old lady.


Wyane… I’m 70 years old and disabled. I go to sleep each night at 7PM.

Motion detector sensors outdoors. check
dog in the house. check
guns and ammo. Plenty of them. check
Training and constant practice. check (I’m an NRA cert. instructor besides.)

Don’t mess with an old lady. She’s too weak and disabled to fight with you. She’ll just kill you.

Wayne Clark

At that time of night, it was more of a home invasion than a burglary. I seriously doubt the couple, nor their son, was in bed at 8:00-8:30 ish, so the guy had to know there was someone home. Good shoot!
Lesson to young punks…don’t f with us old folk! We didn’t get this way by accident!


I like that last sentence!