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Edmonds woman fights off man trying to break into her home

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EDMONDS, Wash. — Another violent home invasion — this time in a neighborhood in Edmonds.

Police say when a man tried to force himself into a home in the 16400 block of 75th Place West, a woman fought back.

Around 3:15 a.m. the woman woke up to a noise her front door. Detectives say outside a stranger is pounding away at the front door.

“Apparently she called the police first which was the smart thing to do,” neighbor Mark Hartman said.

Detectives say the 33-year-old woman grabbed a gun to protect her kids and husband who were inside.

“Really brave really,” neighbor Kim Tran said.

She pushed against the door struggling to keep the man out. When the suspect barged into the house, detectives say the woman fired the gun hitting the man in the stomach.

“I couldn’t believe, I would be the one behind my husband I wouldn’t do that,” Tran said.

Tran, who lives right next door to the victims, says she didn’t hear or see the terrifying break in. She and other neighbors are glad the injured suspect was arrested, unable to run away.

“I am sorry I don’t have any sympathy for anybody breaking and entering. if you are going to do the crime you are going to pay the consequences,” Hartman said.

The news of so many home invasions across western Washington is making people nervous with at least four violent home break-ins in November alone.

“That’s why it’s so scary, so scary,” Tran said.

Residents in Edmonds say it's still hard to believe it's happened in their neighborhood.

“I haven’t heard of anything like that since “I’ve lived here,” Hartman said.

The 22-year-old suspect was still outside the house when cops arrived. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

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