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UPDATE: Man Shot after Breaking into Sultan Home


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263
SULTAN, Wash. – Detectives continue to investigate a shooting that occurred following a break-in at the 13700 block of Woods Lake Rd last night.  A 75 year-old male resident of the home told deputies that he was watching TV when he saw an unknown male on his back porch.  He said that the suspect broke down a door to make entry to the home and, when he did, he hit the man on the head and began stabbing him.  The homeowner’s 80 year-old wife said she retrieved a gun and shot the suspect, who was found by arriving deputies collapsed in the doorway of the front room.  The homeowners’ adult son was sleeping in another part of the house when the incident occurred.  The suspect, a 25 year-old Gold Bar man, died at the scene.
The male stabbing victim is in serious condition in intensive care at Harborview Regional Medical Center. 
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has completed the identification and examination of the 25-year old male suspect. The decedent is Steven N. Sheppard of Gold Bar. The cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide.
Woods Lake Rd between Florence Acres Rd and Old Owen Rd re-opened around 4 a.m.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are investigating the incident and charges, if any, will be recommended to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office when the investigation is complete.