Wash. woman fatally stabs home intruder to defend family, police say

Tennyson Salopek Jacobson, left, reportedly fatally stabbed an intruder after he got into an altercation with her husband, Kyle Jacobson, right, in their home near North Bend, Wash., Monday, May 13, 2013.

(CBS) NORTH BEND, Wash. - Police in Washington State say a woman fatally stabbed a home intruder after he got into an altercation with her husband, CBS affiliate KIRO reports.

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Deputies were called to the home, near North Bend, around 1:30 a.m. Monday after receiving 911 calls in reference to a home invasion, the station says.

King County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindi West said a man was at a home where he lives with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law when his dog began barking. He reportedly went to check on the dog and found a man standing in the hallway.

Deputies said the husband and the intruder started fighting and the wife ultimately jumped in to help her husband. The wife reportedly grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed the intruder during the struggle, the station reports.

The intruder, a man in his 30s or 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors identified the couple as Kyle Jacobson and Tennyson Salopek Jacobson, KIRO reported.

According to the station, authorities said they were called to the same couple's home the day before when Tennyson Jacobson, who was there with her infant daughter and mother, called 911 after an intruder came into the house through an unlocked rear door, assaulted her and robbed her.

During that incident, the attacker fled. Police conducted a search for the suspect but were unable to locate the intruder.

KIRO reports detectives believe the dead intruder is the same man who entered the house and robbed Tennyson Jacobson on Sunday.

Some neighbors reportedly think the intruder may have come from a homeless camp in a nearby wooded area.

Officials have confirmed the couple did not know the intruder. They say they are trying to determine why the family was targeted.