A teenage boy in Edgewood stabbed his own father to death Friday night, attempting to protect his uncle from an attack, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Blair said the 17-year-old boy was with his teenage cousin and uncle at a residence in the 800 block of 109th Ave. Ct. E. Edgewood, when his father unexpectedly arrived shortly after 10 p.m. and began fighting with the uncle outside in the driveway.
“There were indicators that the father came to do harm to the family,” Blair said. “The son went out to protect his uncle and stabbed the attacker nine times, not knowing who it was.”
Blair said the father, 47, was taken to the trauma center at Tacoma General Hospital and died of his wounds at about 4 a.m. Saturday.
Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the situation by a 911 call at 10:40 p.m. Friday reporting an assault and stabbing.
When deputies arrived at the residence, they found two brothers in the driveway; the 46-year old-uncle was suffering from head wounds and the 47-year-old father was suffering from stab wounds.
Blair said that, through witness interviews, investigators have determined that older brother was estranged from his family and had unexpectedly arrived at the family residence.
When the younger brother went outside to see who was in the driveway, the older brother attacked the younger brother, striking him in the head several times with a pipe.
The two teenage boys inside the residence heard their uncle being attacked in the driveway and rushed out to help him.
The uncle was also transported to a hospital, Blair said. His condition is currently unknown.
Blair said deputies have made no arrests.
“We’re going to let the prosecutor review this,” Blair said. “At this point we don’t have probable cause. It appears that the boy was trying to protect his uncle.”