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Female invalid kills violent intruder

Originally ran here as:
"71-year-old kills intruder, sheriff says"
by Staff Writer
The Spokesman Review
March 5, 2002

COLVILLE, WASHINGTON -- A 71-year-old Stevens County woman shot a 32-year-old man to death Saturday when, she told authorities, he entered her home uninvited and assaulted her.

Sheriff Craig Thayer said a preliminary investigation indicates the dead man, Brian F. Swiger, knew the woman's granddaughter. Thayer identified the shooter as Bethan Scutchfield, an invalid who has an around-the-clock caregiver in her home on Roitz Road, near Jump Off Joe Lake south of Chewelah.

But the sheriff said his investigation indicates Swiger seemed to be intoxicated when he entered Scutchfield's home uninvited. Swiger reportedly struck Scutchfield in the face and pushed her to the floor, threatening to break her neck.

Thayer said Scutchfield got a handgun and, when Swiger approached her again, she fired a single shot that struck him in the chest.

Court records show Jennifer L. Scutchfield, 28, was granted a domestic-violence protection order against Swiger in September.

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