She just got a new hip and her husband was out playing bridge that night. But the 80-year-old grandmother was ready to defend herself even after the 911 operator asked her to do something that would have made her less safe.
After hearing a commotion downstairs the Florida woman grabbed her Smith & Wesson revolver and called 911. An intruder had used a rock to break some glass and was breaking into her residence. And it’s only because the woman was armed with a gun that she was able to stop the robbery from taking place.
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“Once I realized it wasn’t my husband, you have no idea how fast you can go,” she said.
In a police report, officers said the suspect used a large rock to smash the bottom glass out of the door. They then cut out the screen.
On the other side of the door, NJ was awake and ready.
“I don’t know what was going on in my mind. Honestly all I wanted was my gun,” she said.
She grabbed it and went downstairs.
“I was probably running down the stairs with my new hip so to speak,” said NJ.
She yelled out warnings to whoever was downstairs.
“I didn’t want to shoot. I really didn’t want to have to shoot anybody,” she said.
She then called for help.
“When I called 911 she kept saying put the gun down. Put the gun down and I said I’ll put the gun down when I see the police,” NJ said.
The would-be-thief ran off once he realized this homeowner had a firearm and was at the ready to use it. Not a single shot was fired, but there is no question that the handgun was what stopped this home invasion.
The woman is glad she had her gun.
“I believe in guns inside your house, because I don’t think anybody has the right to break into your private domain. I’ll definitely have the gun up there that is for sure,” she said.
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