A 33-year-old Edmonds woman at home with her husband and children early Thanksgiving morning shot a 22-year-old man trying to force his way into their north Edmonds house, Edmonds police said. The suspect was taken into custody by police and is at Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, the shooting occurred at approximately 3:15 a.m., in the 16400 block of 75th Ave. W. after the woman awoke to the sound of someone pounding on the front door.
As the woman came to the front door, the suspect started to force his way into the house. The woman, who had armed herself, “struggled with the intruder trying to prevent him from entering the house,” Marsh said. “She realized that she could not continue to hold him out and as the suspect forced his way inside the house she fired one shot and struck the suspect in the abdomen.”
According to Marsh, the woman had called 911 prior to the suspect forcing his way into the house. Officers arrived at the house soon after the call had been placed, and when they arrived, they took the wounded suspect into custody and immediately provided him with first aid.
The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he is currently being treated for the gunshot wound.
Those inside the house at the time of the incident included the woman’s husband, their children — ages 14, 10 and 5 — and a 14-year-old friend of the eldest child.
At this time there is no known relationship between the suspect and the victims. Edmonds Police Department detectives are on scene, Marsh said.