Morgen Matthews, 23, was simply walking down a Raleigh, North Carolina, street in broad daylight Thursday when an attacker reportedly attempted to rob Matthews.
Lucky for Matthews, she’d gotten her gun permit a year ago and had just bought her very own firearm the week before.
WRAL-TV reported that police charged the suspect, 28-year-old Jonathan Tyrone Peace, with common law robbery.
How did this all unfold?
According to the News & Observer, a police report recounting the incident reported that “Matthews fired her weapon to stop [Peace] from attacking her and stayed on the scene until police arrived.”
WRAL reported that the 911 caller who purportedly witnessed the incident said that Peace “violently accosted” Matthews on a busy downtown Raleigh street prior to her shooting Peace.
Matthews, who was apparently shaken by the entire experience, reportedly dropped the weapon after shooting Peace, and a bystander picked up the weapon.
According to the News & Observer, the 911 caller who phoned in the incident said, “Holy s**t! Shots fired! The victim is down — one gunshot wound to the chest.”
The caller noted that they had witnessed “a confrontation between two citizens.”
When police arrived, Peace — whom Matthews shot in the chest — was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not life-threatening, according to WRAL.