Sheriff: Knife-wielding burglar no match for homeowner, his shotgun

CENTRALIA, Wash. -- A 62-year-old homeowner, his girlfriend and his shotgun teamed up to stop a knife-wielding home-invader Friday morning in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the homeowner and his girlfriend were in their living room in the 2900 block of Little Hanaford Road shortly before 7:30 a.m. when Sean Ferrel, a 43-year-old homeless and likely intoxicated man armed with a knife, entered through an unlocked sliding door.

The homeowner grabbed his shotgun while his girlfriend called 911 and told Ferrel to get out of his house. But, Ferrel pushed the homeowner down the porch stairs and into the backyard, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Ferrel reportedly tried to re-enter the home only to have the homeowner's girlfriend shove him back onto the porch, where he picked up a machete belonging to the homeowner.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the homeowner, having recovered from his fall down the stairs, hit Ferrel over the head with his shotgun and then held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Neither deputies nor the homeowner could understand what Ferrel was saying, and he was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for a cut to his head before being booked into Lewis County Jail for investigation of burglary.

"This couple did what they had to do to protect themselves under very dangerous conditions," Sheriff Steve Mansfield said in a press release. "This is another example of why citizens need to take all possible precautions and be prepared if something like this occurs."

Mansfield advised residents to lock their doors, be cautious and have a plan of action for these types of situations.