In response to a recent spike in neighborhood crime, this grandma shows what it means to be prepared.
A 78-year-old woman heard her dog barking late at night on September 20th, and went to investigate, shotgun in hand. When she did, she found a man breaking into her home and she held him until police arrived.
’I reached over and got my shotgun, and I cocked it’: Grandma holds would-be burglar at gun point https://t.co/GPY6gOMews
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The incident happened in Spanaway, Washington, earlier this month. The woman, identified only as Sandy, heard her dog Booboo barking and knew something was not right.
Sandy went to investigate what was happening and opened her door to find a man standing right in front of her.
“I opened my door, and standing right 2, 3 feet in front of me was a man. We looked at each other for a few seconds, and he turned and started to leave. And I said, ‘Oh no, you don’t. You stay right there!
“I reached over and got my shotgun. And I cocked it, and I told him to stay right there. Told him to go sit on the steps. I followed him out, and I just stood here with the shotgun waiting for the police to come.”
This tough lady held the man at gunpoint until police arrived. Sandy said that she did so because she knew that there had been a spike in crime in her neighborhood recently. Not knowing if this man was responsible or not, she was not going to let him leave without talking with the police.
Sandy mentioned that she had first gotten the shotgun many years ago to protect her family as she was a single mother. Sandy said she was nervous when she first produced the gun, but later felt calm.
“But then I was totally calm, really and truly. I thought, ‘This is amazing!’ I said, ‘You know, I’ve got grandchildren your age!’
“After he was so meek and mild and sat down like I told him to do? It was empowering. I felt like at least I was in charge. I wasn’t afraid.”
While waiting for the police she decided to interrogate the would-be burglar. Although she did not reveal specifics of what they talked about, she hopes the incident has changed him.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded and met with the man. According to deputies, when asked by them what he was doing he said:
“He was looking for his wife and talked how God had sent him.”
It is unknown if the man was suffering from some type of mental illness. However, his thought of God sending him may be quite sane. After all, he encountered a tough lady who chose not to shoot him, which may well have been God’s way of showing him the path he was on, and hopefully leading him to a new one.
Deputies were able to take the man into custody for the attempted break-in and praised Sandy for her quick actions that may well have saved her life. When speaking of the incident, Sandy just said that she was thankful no one, including the man, was harmed.
Sandy, in her kindness after an event like that, decided that she would not pursue charges against the man. As a result, deputies released him after they determined that he did not seem to be under the influence of anything nor a danger to himself.
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