Knife-Wielding Home Intruder Meets Gun-Wielding Homeowner — It Didn’t End Well for One of Them

A man was shot and killed by a homeowner after he attempted to break into a home in Spokane, Wash. by entering through the doggie door.

Police say the homeowners knew the man who attempted to break into their home. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

A witness told police that the man, armed with a large knife, attempted to force his way into the home though the doggie door, KREM-TV reports. The homeowner then shot the intruder in the chest.

The suspect, identified as Marshall J. Balduff, 28, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner confirmed. Officers performed CPR on the suspect but the effort was not successful.

The homeowners told police that Balduff had been threatening them and they believed he was holding a large knife as he was attempting to break into the home. It turns out they were right as police recovered a large knife at the scene that they believe belonged to Balduff.


“All involved parties were cooperative with the police investigation. Police said the coroner and forensic unit may also join in the investigation looking for evidence,” KREM-TV adds.

An investigation is still underway but no charges have been filed in the case.

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