Home intruder shot after threatening man, kids with knife

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- A man sitting in a parked car shot an alleged home intruder Monday morning after being threatened by the man himself, police said.

The incident happened just after 8 a.m. Monday when a homeowner on Stetson Avenue discovered a man in his kitchen rummaging through the cabinets, said Bainbridge Island Police Chief Jon Felman.

The intruder grabbed a large knife and came at the homeowner, who ran into the backyard while repeatedly telling the intruder to leave, Felman said.

But when the intruder began to reach for the homeowner's kids, the homeowner armed himself with a large claw hammer, sending the intruder running onto the street.

A witness spotted the intruder confront another man sitting in a parked car in the 500 block of Wood Ave. As the knife-wielding man moved closer, Felman said the driver pulled out a gun and fired three shots, which all struck the intruder in his lower body.

Police arrived to find the driver holding the gun on the wounded intruder. The driver immediately surrendered, and the intruder was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. His condition was not available.

The shooter will be released, police said, and will not face charges.