Over in Spokane, Sandra Mize hadn’t fired her little .22 pistol for the 30 years she had owned it… That is until a man woke her up early on a Wednesday morning as he came smashing through her back door and entered the kitchen.
She woke up and saw a silhouette of a man. She had just enough time to grab her pistol and say “I have a gun” He just kept coming,” Mize said. “I didn’t hesitate to shoot. She fired a single shot that hit the doorway above the intruder.
The reports of what happened next are mixed. Some news agencies say that the man passed out, and others say he just sat on the couch dazed from just being shot at. Either way the man was on the couch.
She than asked the intruder (due to it being dark at this time) “Did I hit you? because I had no idea,” Mize said. “He didn’t move, he didn’t say anything”.
Within minutes the police surrounded the home while Sandra stayed by the man with her trusty pistol aimed at the man. As the police came to the door Mize was advised to lay her weapon down to which she did.
Just as she laid the weapon down the intruder sprang to his feet and tried to exit the house through the back door. The police K-9 unit was more then ready to welcome him out. The surprised man than tried to get back into the house, but was quickly tackled by 5 officers and bitten by the dog in the ankle.
“He was very strong,” said Mize, a quilting and beading enthusiast who stands 5 feet 1 inch tall. “I’m really glad he didn’t challenge me, because I would have had to actually shoot him.”
Police identified the intruder as 35-year-old Sean Denny. He is jailed for investigation of burglary.
The neighbors describe the grandmother of ten as always having a smile and having a great life. She was given a junior police badge in honor of her quick actions and bravery.
Had Sandra not had the pistol, I’m sure this story would have had a much different ending.