A Jefferson Parish man defending his wife during an attempted break-in Friday at his Marrero home fatally stabbed the intruder — a killing the authorities said appeared to be justifiable.

The couple, Earl Jones, 47, and Dana Walker, 34, suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Jones was expected to be treated and released, while Walker, who was shot several times, remained in surgery Friday evening, listed in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The name of the dead man was not immediately released.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting about 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Michael Street. They found Walker suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene.

Jones, meanwhile, had bruises and abrasions from his struggle with the unnamed intruder, who was found lying inside the front door of the home and was pronounced dead at the scene, Fortunato said.

Jones had seen his wife and the man near the doorway of home “engaged in a heated exchange of words,” Fortunato said.

The intruder pulled out a handgun and began firing at Walker, Jones told the authorities.

“He forced his way into the home,” Fortunato said. “Once he was inside the door, he produced a weapon.”

Jones told investigators the man began striking him with the handgun after it jammed.

“At the same time,” Fortunato said, “the suspect produced a knife and attempted to stab Jones with it.”

A struggle ensued, and Jones grabbed the knife and stabbed the man multiple times.

Fortunato said no charges are expected to be filed against Jones.

The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Jean Lincoln at (504) 364-5300.

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