Teen in custody after fatal stabbing in Port Ludlow

Deputies say 17-year-old suspect arrested without incident

PORT LUDLOW — A 56-year-old Port Ludlow man has died from his wounds after he was allegedly stabbed by a 17-year-old boy living in the same household.

The teen, who is unidentified due to his age, was arrested and transferred to a youth detention center in a nearby county on Monday night, said Detective Sgt. Brett Anglin of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Anglin said the victim was the husband of the teen’s mother, but he could not confirm the relationship between the 17-year-old and the victim.

“We will release the name of the victim in the next 24 hours,” Anglin said. “We want to give the family time to grieve, as they lost two family members due to this violent act.”

Deputies investigated a report at about 6:30 p.m. Monday of a stabbing on the 100 block of Dunsmuir Road in Port Ludlow, Anglin said.

The call was made by a woman who said her husband had just been stabbed by her 17-year-old son. She said her son possibly was high on drugs or having a psychotic episode.

Anglin said the victim was found on the front porch of the residence. Medics attempted to provide life-saving care, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sherrif’s deputies, aided by Port Townsend Police Department officers, set up a perimeter and began searching the area, Anglin said.

The teen was located by PTPD Officer Chase Sutton in a portion of the Port Ludlow Golf Course located behind nearby residences and arrested without incident. Anglin said a knife was found on him.

Due to recent state law changes, the teen could not be questioned and was transported to a correctional facility, Anglin said. Detectives were on the scene Tuesday with the Washington State Crime Lab response team completing the investigation.

Port Townsend Police Chief Thomas Olson said Tuesday that his department and the Sheriff’s Office often assist one another on calls like this. A Port Townsend officer had located the teen, but the case was under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Office, Olson said.

“Any incident of that nature where we know it’s going to take more than the one or two officers who are on duty,” Olson said. “It’s clearly their jurisdiction. We’re just there to assist.”

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Reporter Peter Segall can be reached at peter.segall@peninsuladailynews.com.

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