One reason to carry is for the simple fact that police can take an average of 5-10 minutes to respond. However, this one lady had the worst experience after she had to dial 9-1-1 again after an hour had passed and no police had arrived yet.
Here is how the story unfolded. The woman at 210 Richmond Avenue called 9-1-1 at 3:05 a.m. to report that men were breaking into her home. She grabbed her pistol and fled upstairs thinking that the police would show up and catch the thieves red handed.
For some reason though the regional dispatcher said that an officer was not dispatched until the lady called back at 4:08 to report that she had shot an intruder.
The local news agency was able to obtain the transcripts of the 9-1-1 call:
“Someone’s trying to break into my house,” said the caller in the 3:05am 9-1-1 call.
“Can you still hear anyone out there?” dispatch responded.
The caller said she was upstairs, armed with her gun.
“OK, just keep an eye out for the officer and call us back if you hear anything else,” said the dispatcher, then the call was ended.
The caller locked herself in a bathroom with her weapon and waiter for officers to arrive, while listening to her downstairs windows being broken into.
“She said it seemed like she was in the restroom forever,” said the caller’s brother Efrim Goldsmith.
During the second call at 4:08am, the caller told dispatch, “Just had someone break into my home and I shot one.”
A gasp noise can be heard in the call audio, then the dispatcher questions “Someone was breaking into your house and you shot them?”
“Yes,” the caller responds.
“OK, I got it. Gonna jump in here,” says a voice from dispatch.
The dispatcher then confirmed the caller’s address, and that she had called 9-1-1 earlier.
The times of calls have been verified. The officer was not dispatched until after the second call, and he arrived on scene at 4:11 a.m.
“There were two  calls made, that will be part of our investigation,” Lt. Wendy Stiver said. “I can’t speak to what the dispatcher did or why the dispatcher did what they did,” she continued.
This continues to prove the necessity of owning a personal firearm for home defense. Whatever the reason for the extended police response, we are glad that the lady of the house was unharmed and armed. Stay locked and loaded because you may wait for the police…
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