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SULTAN, Wash. -- An 80-year-old Washington State woman shot and killed a 25-year-old man who had broken into her house and was stabbing her 75-year-old husband Thursday night, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.

The husband was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen, sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. He was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center and was in stable condition.

The woman called 911 at about 8:30 p.m. from the home in the 13700 block of Woods Lake Road and said "she had shot an intruder after he broke into her home and stabbed her husband," Ireton said.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Gold Bar man, died at the scene.

The woman and the couple's 45-year-old son, who was also in the home at the time of the incident, did not sustain any injuries.

"At this time, detectives do not believe the suspect was known to the residents of the home and that this was an attempted home burglary," Ireton said.

Identification of the suspect, as well as cause and manner of death, will be confirmed by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.