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Pistol-packing woman shoots 2 burglars who charged at her, fought her after break-in, cops say
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Pistol-packing woman shoots 2 burglars who charged at her, fought her after break-in, cops say

A woman shot two burglars after a break-in on her property in St. Louis early Thursday morning, KMOV-TV reported, citing police.

What are the details?

Police said the homeowner was in her rear garage — where she's temporarily living — in the 2100 block of Stansbury Street when two men broke in just before 3 a.m., the station said.

When one of the men charged at her, she shot him and ran out of the garage, KMOV reported.

The second suspect then started fighting with her, and she reportedly hit him with her gun, and he was shot in the hand, the station said.

Both suspects were taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition, KMOV said.

According to KSDK-TV, the woman is 46 years old, the suspect who allegedly charged her is 44 years old, and the suspect who allegedly fought with her is 42 years old.

How are folks reacting?

While it's not yet clear what charges may be filed in the case, commenters on KMOV's Facebook page concerning the reported burglary and shooting seemed squarely in the woman's corner:

  • "Good for her; it's about time we start fighting back," one commenter wrote.
  • "You don’t get to break into someone’s property and think there are no consequences," another commenter said. "More need to start fighting back, and maybe the government will take notice and start [holding] those accountable for their crimes instead of letting them all off like STL city is doing."
  • "Good. It will teach them not to be breaking into people's homes, [their] safe havens," another commenter declared. "Cops are tired of arresting these thieves just so the judges can let them back out on the streets. It’s up to the citizens to protect themselves and become the judge and jury when encountering thieves on [their] property. We citizens are sick and tired — we will protect what’s ours here on out since the courts will not."

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