Parenting

Teen Protects Uncle from Attack; Unwittingly Kills Own Dad

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A bizarre and tragic story out of Washington state, where a teenager protecting his uncle from a pipe-wielding man ends up killing the attacker, who turns out to be the teen's own father.

According to the New York Daily News, the deadly chain of events started late last Friday night when 47-year-old Ralph Paputsakis showed up at a house in the city of Edgewood. His brother came out to talk to him.

It's not clear why, but Paputsakis started beating his younger brother on the head with the pipe. The 17-year-old boy apparently saw or heard what was happening and came out of the house, knife in hand. Apparently, it was very dark out and difficult to see.

"The son went out to protect his uncle and stabbed the attacker nine times, not knowing who it was," sheriff's department spokesman Sgt. Mike Blair told the Tacoma News Tribune.

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It appears Paputsakis was estranged from his family for some unknown reason.

So far no charges have been filed.

"We're going to let the prosecutor review this," Blair said. "At this point, we don't have probable cause (to arrest the teen). It appears that the boy was trying to protect his uncle."