[Video] Washington Mother Shoots Home Invader to Defend Four Young Children

November 28 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: kirotv.com Archive: WebCite.org

A mother in Edmonds, Washington was up very early on Thanksgiving morning, but it wasn’t to start the turkey.

The woman was fighting for her life and the lives of four young children in the home after a home invader forced his way into the residence.

According to local media outlet KIROTV:

After pounding at her door at 3:15am, police said the 22-year-old suspect tried to force his way inside.

“They thought they knew this person, by the pounding on the door,” Sgt. Bob Barker said. “That’s why it was open initially. Then they realized it wasn’t, they tried to push him out, it didn’t work

When she knew she couldn’t keep him out the woman fired one shot hitting the suspect in the stomach, detectives said.

The woman’s husband and children, ages 14, 10, and 5, were in the home along with a friend of the 14-year-old. They called 911 before the mother shot the suspect, detectives said.

The suspect underwent surgery at a local hospital and is expected to survive.

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 40th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Washington and the 1,355th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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