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Tuesday
Jan082013

Georgia Mom Shoots Home Invader While Hiding with Her Children

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A mother of two has been hailed a hero by her husband after she shot an intruder in their Loganville, Ga., home last Friday afternoon.

"She protected the kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," said her husband, Donnie Herman, in an interview with ABC's Atlanta affiliate, WSB-TV.

According to Herman and the Walton County Sheriff's Office incident report, Melinda Herman was working at home when a man began to ring the doorbell. She called her husband at work, who told her to gather their 9-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and go hide. All three of them went to an upstairs crawl space, and Melinda brought along a .38 caliber handgun to the hiding place.

Her husband, meanwhile, called the police. In the 911 recording, Herman can be heard saying, "She shot him. She's shooting him, she's shooting him. Shoot him again."

"I heard him pleading," her husband said to the 911 operator. "He was screaming."

The man allegedly broke into the house and rummaged around before making his way to the crawl space, where he found the mother and children hiding.

"The perpetrator opens that door, and of course at that time he's staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman to WSB-TV.

Melinda Herman shot the intruder five times, hitting him in the face and neck. Chapman said she told the man if he moved she would shoot him again, although she had run out of bullets.

"The guy is [heard] telling her to quit shooting," said Chapman.

The intruder, who police identified as 32-year-old Paul Slater, managed to get to his car, and as he tried to flee, crashed into a tree. Deputies later found him in a neighbor's yard.

Melinda Herman and her children, in the meantime, had sought refuge in a neighbor's home.

"Her life is saved and our kids' lives are saved. And that's all I can say," said Donnie Herman.

Slater is currently in the Gwinnett Medical Center, receiving treatment for his injuries, which deputies described as serious. A family member told WSB-TV that Slater was on a ventilator and had endured puncture wounds to his lungs, liver and stomach.

 

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Tuesday
Dec042012

79-Year-Old Texas Man Knocks Out Home Intruder High on Bath Salts

KTRK/ABC News(LEAGUE CITY, Texas) -- A 79-year-old former bull rider in League City, Texas, proved that age was only a number when he knocked out a home intruder who was apparently high on bath salts.

League City Police Department Sgt. Tamara Spencer told ABC News that Ervin Brittnacher "was just about as cool as he could be" after an agitated man came to his front door with a gun and tried to break into his home at 5:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Spencer said Brittnacher told her, "I heard a ruckus at the door, walked to the door, and saw the young man holding a gun. I used to own a nightclub, and I knew it was never a good idea to talk to people holding guns."

Spencer said Brittnacher "throat punched [the suspect] and karate chopped the side of his neck."

"The guy went down cold," said Spencer.

Spencer said that when police responded to the scene, they found 38-year-old Charles Smith's car in a ditch half a mile away from Brittnacher's home.

"He wrecked his truck, grabbed his rifle, and tried to break into the house," Spencer said. "He was able to break off part of the screen door."

Spencer said Smith, who has a history of using bath salts, was incoherent when found. He was booked and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault.

Smith's bond was set at $40,000, and is currently being held in Galveston County Jail.

Mike Brittnacher said his father used to ride bulls for a living, and wasn't surprised to hear he could still knock someone out. He said his father, who lives alone on a 25-acre property, still works on tractors and bails hay.

"He's a pretty tough man," he said. "He'd do anything for anybody. You wouldn't want to mess with him."

 

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Friday
Jan062012

Okla. Mom Won't Face Charges, but Victim's Accomplice Will

ABC News(BLANCHARD, Okla.) -- The young Oklahoma mother who shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old son on New Year's Eve will not face criminal charges.

Prosecutors have instead charged the intruder's alleged accomplice, 29-year-old Dustin Stewart, with first-degree murder in the death of his friend, Justin Shane Martin, 24.

Police said the two men broke into 18-year-old Sarah McKinley's mobile home in Blanchard, Okla., the evening of Dec. 31, while the young widow was home with her baby. McKinley's husband had died the week before, on Christmas Day, of lung cancer.

McKinley told police that Martin had stopped by the house on the day of her husband's funeral claiming he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello.

On New Year's Eve, Stewart joined Martin, who this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. Police said the two men may have been high on prescription painkillers and looking for more drugs in McKinley's home.

As one of the men went from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry, McKinley told ABC News' Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO that she quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put a bottle in the baby's mouth and called 911.

"I've got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?" the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher. "I'm here by myself with my infant baby. Can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?"

The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as McKinley asked again if it was OK to shoot the intruder if he came through her door.

"I can't tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby," the dispatcher told her. McKinley was on the phone with 911 for 21 minutes.

When Martin kicked in the door, the young mother shot and killed him. According to court documents, Martin was holding a knife when he died.

Authorities called McKinley's actions justified because she clearly acted in self-defense. Oklahoma law permits the use of deadly force against intruders.

Stewart, who ran away from McKinley's home after hearing the gunshots but later turned himself in to police, was charged in Martin's death.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Elderly Ohio Man Kills Intruder Who Suffered from Alzheimer's

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(HAMILTON, Ohio) -- An 84-year-old Ohio man killed a 75-year-old intruder who suffered from Alzheimer's and apparently thought he was in the house of a relative who lived next door.

Charles Foster, 84, was at his Hamilton home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when he heard a loud noise outside. A man later identified as Ed Stevens, 75, had slammed a car into his garage door and was banging on his front door.

"I thought he was hurt or injured or something," Foster told ABC News Cincinnati affiliate WCPO. "I didn't know who it was so I opened the front door and he came in. All he said was, 'You told me to break the door down.' I didn't tell him nothing."

Foster said Stevens became violent and headed for the basement.

"He was totally confused," Foster said. "He was completely out of it."

Stevens allegedly hurt Foster and came at him with a board.

"[A] person broke into my house, went down, kicked my cat, went down in the basement and destroyed everything," Foster told WCPO. "I couldn't get him to stop. I hit him once and that was the end of it. I got my gun and shot him." Foster said he would not have shot had he not been attacked.

He called 911 and told the operator in a panicked voice, "I have a dead man in my basement."

In the 911 call, Foster pleads with the dispatcher to send the police to help him.

"I don't even know him," Foster tells the operator. "He broke the front door down. I didn't shoot him until I tried to calm him down and get him the hell out of here."

Stevens was diagnosed with Alzheimer's four years ago, according to his stepdaughter Rhonda Varney.

He had left that morning to go to the grocery store and when he didn't return, the family grew worried and went out to look for him. Varney said her aunt and uncle live in the house next door to Foster and that her stepfather was likely confused and went to the wrong house. She said he was used to entering the family's house and heading straight for the basement where he would relax with the family.

"He was a very gentle, kind man," she said. "When he did forget things, he got very nervous and would get scared. I'm 100 percent sure that he was scared."

Varney said that the family does not plan on pressing charges against Foster at this time, but she said she would like to talk to him to find out exactly what happened.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Steve Henderson called the situation a "tragic accident."

"[Foster] was trying to get him to leave and didn't know he had dementia. All he knows is that he's in his house," Henderson told ABC News.

Ohio does not require people over the age of 21 to be licensed for handguns unless they are concealed weapons.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Teen Mom Kills Intruder After 911 Call

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year's Eve, less than a week after the baby's father died of cancer.

Sarah McKinley says that a week earlier a man named Justin Martin dropped by on the day of her husband's funeral, claiming that he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old Oklahoma City-area woman did not let him into her home that day.

On New Year's Eve Martin returned with another man, Dustin Stewart, and this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. The two soon began trying to break into McKinley's home.

As one of the men was going from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry, McKinley called 911 and grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun.

McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO that she quickly got her 12-gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put a bottle in the baby's mouth and called 911.

"I've got two guns in my hand -- is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?" the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher. "I'm here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?"

The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door.

"I can't tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby," the dispatcher told her. McKinley was on the phone with 911 for a total of 21 minutes.

When Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.

"You're allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force," Det. Dan Huff of the Blanchard police said.

Stewart soon turned himself in to police.

McKinley said that she was at home alone with her newborn that night because her husband just died of cancer on Christmas Day.

"I wouldn't have done it, but it was my son," McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. "It's not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn't going to be my son. There's nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child."

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