A Dallas woman might have been killed if she wasn’t carrying her firearm last week. Police say Angela Martin, 44, shot and killed a man who began stabbing her during an altercation on Friday.
Martin, who is the assistant manager at the Dallas apartment complex where the incident occurred, was arguing with an unidentified female resident while sitting in her car when things started to get heated. The woman’s husband, identified as 52-year-old Louis Rodriguez, eventually got involved in the altercation.
When she started to feel unsafe, Martin says she retrieved her handgun from her purse and placed it on her lap. She stayed inside her vehicle.
Suddenly, Rodriguez allegedly pulled out a knife and started stabbing Martin, CBS DFW reports. The woman then grabbed her gun and shot her attacker several times. He would later die from his injuries.
Rodriguez’s brother apparently got caught in the crossfire and was shot in the abdomen while he was seemingly trying to stop him from stabbing Martin. He was treated at Baylor Hospital and was recovering over the weekend. Martin was treated for her injuries and released.
Eye witness accounts match up with Martin’s recollection of the incident, police say. However, the case will still be turned over to a grand jury.