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Teen girl fires shot at armed intruder in Spanaway

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SPANAWAY, Wash. -- A 16-year-old girl managed to scare off an armed intruder in her home Friday morning when she fired a shot at him, Pierce County Sheriff's Department deputies said.

The incident actually began about 90 minutes earlier just before 6 a.m., when a woman called 911 to report her ex-boyfriend had threatened her with a knife at her home in the 17200 block of 11th Ave. Ct. East. She told arriving deputies she and the man had been involved in several recent domestic violence incidents incidents. Friday morning, he had come back to pick up his belongings that were left in the front yard when he barged into the woman's home and got into an argument. The man pulled out a knife, threatened her with it, then went outside and slashed the woman's tires, deputies said.

Deputies used police dogs to search for the man but came up empty.

However, police received another 911 call just before 7:30 from a 16-year-old girl who lived across the street saying she had just fired a shot at an armed intruder.

The teen told returning deputies that after the first incident, she and her mom had gone across the street to check on the woman involved in the first incident. The girl returned home first to find the power had been shut off and grabbed a .22 pistol, deputies said.

Moments later, she heard a noise coming from the backyard and saw the man from before standing in her door.

The teen said the man told her "she was going to die" and tried to stab her with a knife several times. He managed to cut her shirt and give a light wound to her home before she kicked the man away and fired one shot at him. The man ran off.

Deputies saw a man who matched the description walking down a nearby road and arrested him. He was found to have a knife, black airsoft pellet gun, 35 rounds of hollow point 9mm ammunition, and black gloves, deputies said.

The 34-year-old suspect was booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of first degree assault and burglary, as well as potential charges of domestic violence assault, unlawful imprisonment, and malicious mischief.

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