A Georgia mother and her two young children are unharmed after a man broke into their house with a crowbar on Friday, cornering them in an attic crawlspace.
According to WSB-TV, the woman was at home with her nine-year-old twins when the doorbell rang. When they didn't answer, the man reportedly went back to his car and returned with a crowbar.
(Photo via WSB-TV)
The mother said she could see the suspect-- now identified as Paul Slater-- trying to enter the house with the crowbar from her office window. Without hesitation, she grabbed her children, her phone, her gun, and ran upstairs.
One can only imagine the breathless moments after the man broke down the door and began searching the house.
Paul Slater (Photo: WSB-TV)
But the man eventually found the family.
"The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he's staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver," [Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman] told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.
The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.
"She's standing over him, and she realizes she's fired all six rounds. And the guy's telling her to quit shooting," Chapman said.
The woman ran to a neighbor's home with her children. The intruder attempted to flee in his car but crashed into a wooded area and collapsed in a nearby driveway, Chapman said. [Emphasis added]
Slater-- who was taken to the hospital with punctured lungs, a punctured liver, and a punctured stomach-- has reportedly been arrested six times since 2008.
Donnie Herman weighs in on his wife's actions. (Photo: WSB-TV)
"My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," [the woman's husband] Donnie Herman said.
He said he's thankful for his family's safety.
"Her life is saved, and her kids' life is saved, and that's all I'd like to say," Herman said.
Commenters have overwhelmingly agreed with the husband thus far-- one Savannah Morning News reader even posting a similar story illustrating the importance of the woman's firearm.
In the other report, after an unarmed woman's home was robbed, she was the one who ended up in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Watch WSB-TV's entire report, below:
(H/T: Pat Dollard)