Alabama Woman Uses Shotgun to Shoot Her Stalker After He Threatened to Kill Her

November 25 2014
by GSL Staff
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Here we have another story of a woman using a firearm to defend herself from the threat of domestic violence.

Horace Johnson had previously made numerous threats as well as violent acts against a Tuscaloosa, Alabama woman, including trying to set her home on fire and stalking her.

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Sgt. Dale Phillips, the commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, said the suspect, 55-year-old Horace Johnson, called the victim on the phone Saturday around 10 p.m. to threaten to kill her.

The woman, 41, grabbed a shotgun, and when Johnson allegedly pulled up in the driveway and threatened her outside her own home, she fired two shells at him, grazing him with at least one pellet in his neck.

Johnson was able to flee the scene and get to a local hospital, where he was detained by police.

He was placed under arrest after his actions that night as well as his past history of threats and violence against the victim was learned.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is the 35th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Alabama and the 1,353rd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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