After suspected robber Roger Derek Brown had allegedly broken into her family's business in Newnan, Georgia, for the sixth time, Darlene Brogdon had had enough, so she took matters into her own hands — literally.
"This guy started stealing stuff from them, and we had security cameras, and we had seen him on the film many times," she told Atlanta's WAGA-TV.
Brogdon's stepfather, whom she described as "elderly," decided he would spend the night at the business just in case the thieves decided to return for a seventh time. Brogdon stayed with him, and she brought her gun.
Sure enough, Brogdon noticed a truck starting to drive up onto the property Sunday night. She saw Brown and his alleged accomplice, Frederick Robinson, inside. While her mom dialed 911, Brogdon confronted the two men — firearm in hand.
"I went running out with my gun. I said, ‘Stop!’ to him several times, and he put it in reverse, and I fired off a shot," she said. "So, of course, he hit the accelerator and jumped over the bank here and got stuck. I got in front of the truck and pointed the gun at them and told them to cut the truck off, and they finally did."
Local law enforcement said Brown, his girlfriend Sarah Milam, and Robinson are suspected in a series of robberies at the Newnan-based store, where they've reportedly stolen thousands of dollars worth of tools, insulation equipment, pressure washers and other items.
As for Brogdon's mother, she's pretty pleased with the outcome — and her daughter's decision to take a stand.
"She actually put her life in danger, and it just was very frightening that she would do this, and I'm just so thankful and proud she wasn't injured and is here with us," Dianne Golden said.