A 70-year-old great-grandmother may well be alive today because of her bravery and quick thinking to grab her gun, later shooting and wounding a home intruder.
What are the details?
Maxine Thompson, a mom to a Philadelphia police officer in addition to being a great-grandmother, was sleeping early Saturday morning when she awoke to hear what sounded like a banging noise coming from the outside of her Philadelphia home.
"First I thought I was dreaming, and then I looked out the window, outside," Thompson told WTXF-TV, noting that she warned the intruder off at first. "I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, 'Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door.'"
The male intruder apparently refused to heed Thompson's warnings and reportedly entered the home through a dining room window, which police said the suspect had broken to gain entry to the home.
"Next thing I know I could tell he was inside my house and he was running up the steps," Thompson told KYW-TV.
Thompson immediately thought to grab her late mother's handgun — which Thompson had never even used before — and fired off a shot at the intruder.
"I shot at him. He turned around and he ran, and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more," Thompson explained. "'Kill him before he kills me.' That’s what was going through my mind."
What happened next?
Thompson fired at the intruder several more times before he finally got the point and fled the scene to a nearby carwash, where he reportedly phoned police to say that he'd been shot.
KYW reported that the suspect sustained a "graze wound to the upper left arm" during the break-in.
The station reported that after police arrived at the carwash, the 43-year-old suspect was transported to a nearby hospital. He would be taken into custody for breaking and entering.
Thompson told WTXF that she was a "little shaky" after the incident ended.
"He could’ve killed me," she admitted, and offered advice for other would-be intruders: "Stay the hell out of people’s houses."