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ALABAMA WOMAN SHOOTS HOME INTRUDER TO PROTECT HERSELF AND HER AX- AND KNIFE-WIELDING DAUGHTERS

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WVTM Martha Lewis intruder

Martha Lewis shot an intruder in her home to protect herself and her daughters. (Image source: WVTM-TV)

An Alabama woman said she was forced to shoot an intruder that broke into her home this week in order to protect herself and her daughters.

Martha Lewis of Dora, Ala. told WVTM-TV it was about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning when she heard a loud noise, which turned out to be someone kicking in her door. Lewis said she called the police and grabbed her gun, then went to her daughters’ room and told them each to get something to defend themselves with. She said one grabbed an ax and one got a butcher knife.

They were at the top of the stairs when they saw a man standing there at the bottom.

“I knew when he stepped on the landing that I would have to shoot him,” Lewis told the station. “He starts like coming up the stairs and he said, ‘would you shoot me?’ And I said ‘I don’t want to have to but I will.’”

Ignoring her warnings, the man kept coming — and that’s when Lewis said she fired.

“It wasn’t like, oh can I pull the trigger? It was like when should I shoot? When will he be close enough that I know I won’t miss him? That’s one of the things that was going through my mind,” she said.

The man stumbled outside into the yard where police found him, WVTM reported. Police said he’s 25-year-old Michael Jacobs and was hospitalized in stable condition.

Alabama Woman Martha Lewis Shoots Home Intruder to Protect Herself and Her Daughters

Lewis said she woke up when she heard a loud noise, which turned out to be an intruder kicking in her door. (Image source: WVTM-TV)


Lewis told the station one of the responding police officers said it would have been a different situation if she hadn’t been armed.

“One of them said we would be writing up a different report if she had not had that gun,” Lewis said.

Police said Lewis will not be charged for shooting the suspect. He faces charges of burglary and criminal mischief as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to WVTM.

Lewis said she’s had the gun for about three years but only for protection purposes.

“There’s so much talk about banning guns and gun control but they’re for protection,” she said. “There’s no way that I could have fought him off.”

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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rccmom
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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Gun control does not equal banning all guns. From what the report reads, she would have been just as able to defend herself with the proposed increased background checks, straw man prosecution, bans on high capacity magazines, and even an assault weapons ban. None of those proposed ideas would have stopped her one iota in what she did. Unless she had an assault weapon, which since it is not mentioned, I figure she did not.

And kudos to her for protecting herself and her children.

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I support Ms. Lewis's right to own a registered firearm, assuming she has cleared a background check.

I'm pretty sure that most Americans do, including those for gun control.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

BUMP!

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