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71-year-old homeowner's gun jams when confronting alleged burglar armed with a pitchfork, so he draws his sword: 'He just saw red'
The pitchfork unwittingly brought to a sword fight. Image source: Seattle Police Department

71-year-old homeowner's gun jams when confronting alleged burglar armed with a pitchfork, so he draws his sword: 'He just saw red'

A 71-year-old man and his 61-year-old wife returned to their home in Seattle's North Beacon Hill neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. Sunday to find the place in disarray. The kitchen window was shattered. Various items were out of order. The homeowner ventured farther inside to find the culprit lurking in his living room, wielding a pitchfork.

Cody Burns, a neighbor who lives opposite the victim, told KOMO-TV, "He said he just saw red, and it turned into a scuffle that got violent really quick."

According to Detective Judinna Gulpan of the Seattle Police Department, the 71-year-old tested his two fists against the burglar's five metal tines.

Amid the ensuing battle, the suspect attempted to stab the homeowner with the pitchfork, catching him once in the eye. However, the Odinic 71-year-old proved too spry for the suspect ten years his junior, dodging a fatal thrust and retreating to his bedroom, where he kept his firearm.

The suspect followed the homeowner into the bedroom and wrestled him for control of the gun. Despite the alleged burglar's best efforts, the homeowner managed to break free long enough to draw down on him. He aimed true and pulled the trigger, but the suspect was left still standing. The gun had jammed.

Since lead didn't work, the homeowner opted for steel.

Police indicated that after his firearm failed him, the 71-year-old drew his samurai sword and skewered the suspect.

The bloodied suspect reportedly landed on the homeowner. Fortunately, the lady of the house intervened and helped pull the suspect off her husband.

The gored suspect scurried away to a nearby residence, where he was later arrested by police.

While the 61-year-old suspect ended up with a serious hole through his torso, the homeowner reportedly was left with a gouged eye and non-life-threatening injuries to his torso.

The suspect was arrested for first-degree burglary. After receiving medical treatment for his stab wound at Harborview Medical Center, he was booked into King County Jail on $150,000 bail.

KCPQ-TV reported that in police bodycam footage obtained through a public records request, the homeowner can be heard telling officers, "My house has been burglarized. He was inside my house. He was inside my house and he attacked me with a pitchfork. ... I grabbed the samurai sword and defend myself with the samurai sword."

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