A 48-year-old woman in South Seattle died from stab wounds early Sunday and a bystander apparently shot her attacker, a Seattle police spokeswoman said.
The attacker is suffering life-threatening wounds, and medics rushed him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The stabbing and shooting occurred around 1 a.m. in the 9100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, department spokeswoman Renee Witt said.
The area is about two blocks south of South Henderson Street.
Officers found the woman dead at the scene, her attacker, a 39-year-old Seattle man, and the gunman.
"He was a bystander and saw this guy basically stabbing this woman and decided to step in and do something about it," Witt said.
Police believe the stabber and woman had a relationship, and the stabber confronted her at a veterans' hall.
The woman had a court-authorized no contact order against him, Witt said.
Another person was stabbed in the altercation, but he drove himself to the emergency room at Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle.
His injuries are not life threatening, Witt said. He was a bystander in the crowd.
Investigators are questioning the gunman who has not been arrested. His weapon has been found.
P-I reporter Brad Wong can be reached at 206-448-8137 or [email protected].
Seattle update- Suspect dead, shooter =valid pistol permit
Body: Woman fatally stabbed by her ex; he's fatally shot by a bystander
By Karen Gaudette and Michael J. Berens
Seattle Times staff reporters
A Seattle mother of four was fatally stabbed early today despite a court protection order against her knife-wielding ex-husband.
The 33-year-old victim was stabbed nearly two dozen times while attending a birthday party about 1 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in the 9100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.
The 39-year-old assailant burst into the hall, grabbed the victim and slashed her with a large knife, witnesses told police. The weapon was recovered at the scene.
A 32-year-old Kent man who was at the party pulled a hand gun and shot the suspect who later died at Harborview Medial Center.
Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the party guest had a concealed-weapons permit. She said he likely won't face charges since he acted to prevent further harm.
Another partygoer who tried to save the victim suffered minor cuts. He drove himself to Virginia Mason Medical Center and was later released.
Although identities had not been formally released this evening, court records indicate that the victim and 39-year-old assailant obtained a court separation March 30 of this year.
Court records also show that the attacker had a previous record of violence including multiple counts of assault in April this year.