A Michigan woman was confronted last week by a machete-wielding, ski mask-wearing would-be home invader, forcing her to exercise her Second Amendment rights. As if that’s not scary enough, what alerted her to the intruder is downright terrifying.
The suspect, a 15-year-old teen who was also armed with a shotgun, woke up the Michigan woman at around 1:00 a.m. Friday as he repeatedly tried to break into her home.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, told WOOD-TV she heard a mysterious tapping noise from the floor below her.
“I kept hearing, ‘Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap,’” she said.
As it turns out, the tapping noise was the sound of a machete being scrapped against the front door.
Her children asleep in the next room, the woman grabbed her gun, rushed to the top of the stairs and drew a bead on the teenage suspect.
“And I pointed my gun right at him, and he took a couple of steps back,” she said.
It was all her at that moment. With her husband still serving overseas in Afghanistan, it was up to her to defend her children from the “relentless” suspect.
“I felt like I was playing a game with him that he would step up closer to the door. I would raise the gun and he would step back,” she said.
The teen prowled around the house, looking for a way into her home.
“My biggest fear was if he shot me and killed me, or if I shot him and he shot back – and I have two kids,” she said.
County Sheriff Dale Miller told WOOD-TV the woman would have been justified had she opened fire on the suspect.
“I believe so,” Miller said. “If he had gone to the point of trying to get into the house.”
The woman was able to call the police and they responded promptly to the call. Amazingly enough, the suspect didn’t surrender immediately and led authorities on a short foot chase before being apprehended and taken into custody.
“At first he hid behind a car, then there was a short foot chase where he finally threw down the weapon and we were able to take him into custody,” Miller said.
It wasn’t until police had arrested the suspect and removed his ski mask that they discovered he was only 15-years-old.
Law enforcement officials said they’re confused by the entire situation, explaining that they’re not sure what the adolescent hoped to achieve with the potentially deadly act.
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