A 64-year old disabled Middletown, Ohio woman named Mabel Fletcher used a concealed-carry handgun to stop a home invader who entered her house just after midnight Wednesday.
According to Cincinnati.com, Fletcher acquired her concealed carry permit in June and was home alone with her dog when the burglar entered.
Her dog woke at the sound of the intruder, giving Fletcher time to grab her Glock 9mm handgun as the invader closed in and attacked her. The assailant was a female, and Fletcher said, “I [saw] a shadow and then I went to look to see what it was and there she was. She pushed me… and started throwing things at me and it went from there and I shot.”
The intruder then ran to another room, from which she kept throwing things at Fletcher. The homeowner fired a few more rounds at her.
At this point the intruder fell and feigned having been hit. When Fletcher moved to check on her to see if she was breathing, the intruder “lunged at her,” and Fletcher fired again. The intruder then ran out of the house.
Although none of the shots hit the intruder, Fletcher knows having the gun leveled the playing field and saved her life.
“I have heard of so many break-ins and I am a widow and I am by myself and I thought somebody could come in,” she explained. “My dog could let me know, but if they could probably shoot him and then I’d have no protection and they could kill me. So I had to get me a weapon to protect myself.”
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