Pierce Co. teen stabs own father defending uncle

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EDGEWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- The Pierce County sheriff's office says a teenage boy stabbed his own estranged father unwittingly while defending his uncle during a nasty family fight.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Mike Blair says the fight started when the boy's father, an estranged member of the family, arrived unexpectedly at the Edgewood residence Friday night.

Blair says the 47-year-old father began beating the boy's uncle with a pipe, injuring the man's head. The boy and his cousin heard the fight and rushed out to help. The 17-year-old boy stabbed the aggressor nine times.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/obH0AP ) that the boy eventually found out that the man he stabbed was his estranged father, who died at the hospital a few hours later.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com