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#1 DocM

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:06

Atlanta Journal Constitution....

Cops: Mother of two surprises intruder with five gunshots

The Loganville mother of two assumed the knocks on her front door Friday afternoon were from a solicitor.

“Don’t answer,” she yelled to her 9-year-old twins playing downstairs.

When the visitor began repeatedly ringing the doorbell, she called her husband at work.

“Get the kids and hide,” he told his wife.

As he dialed 911, his 37-year-old spouse, who works from home, collected the children and hid with them in a crawlspace adjoining her office. By that time, the intruder had forced his way into the three-story residence on Henderson Ridge Drive with a crowbar, authorities said. He allegedly rummaged through the home, eventually working his way up to the attic office.

“He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver,” said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman, who relayed the woman’s narrative to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He asked that her name be withheld.

The woman fired six bullets, five of which hit Paul Ali Slater in the face and neck area, Chapman said. But Slater was still conscious.

“The guy’s face down, crying,” the sheriff said. The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.

Slater, unaware that she had emptied her chamber, obliged as the mother and her children ran to a neighbor’s house.

The injured burglar eventually made it out of the home and into his car, driving away before deputies arrived on the scene. He didn’t get far.

“When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented,” Chapman told the AJC.

Deputies found Slater bleeding profusely in a neighbor’s driveway.

“I’m dying. Help me,” he told them, according to Chapman.

Slater was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center and is expected to survive, the sheriff said.

The Long Island native, who now lives in Gwinnett County, was released from the Gwinnett jail in late August after serving six months for simple battery and three counts of probation violation. Slater has six other arrests in Gwinnett dating back to 2008, according to jail records.

“My wife’s a hero,” the woman’s husband, Donnie Herman, told Channel 2 Action News in a brief statement. He did not respond to a request for comment from the AJC. “She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do.”

Chapman remarked that one of his deputies, impressed with the woman’s resolve, told the sheriff she had handled her first shooting better than he had.

“That mother’s instinct kicked in,” Chapman said. “You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”


1) 5 hits in 6 shots? NICE shootin' lady!! Too bad it wasn't something heavier than a .38.

2) don't ever mess with momma bear


#2 McKay

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:09

Brace yourself, there's a poopstorm coming.

#3 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:14

I tip my hat to her, I'd probably do something very similar under those circumstances

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:20

Gotta love these stories.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 13:49

well done to the thief i mean come on ... he took 5 38s point blank to the face

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 13:53

Cant wait for the NRA to make this the most important news of the decade, followed by Videogames are the fall of 'Murrica.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 13:56

5 shots in the face is self defence?

Doesn't even say that she warned him or told him to get out, he broke in and was instantly faced with a weapon and she fired all the rounds off.

Can't wait to see how this is spinned into something positive.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:05

Wasn't referencing you, just the OP.

How did she have every right to blow his head off in the article it doesn't even say that she gave him a warning, he broke into the house not knowing there was anyone there, that doesn't give someone an automatic right to empty whatever weapon they have into someones head, that's why there are police and judges.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:20

Wasn't referencing you, just the OP.

How did she have every right to blow his head off in the article it doesn't even say that she gave him a warning, he broke into the house not knowing there was anyone there, that doesn't give someone an automatic right to empty whatever weapon they have into someones head, that's why there are police and judges.


By your logic, he should have given warning before breaking in too, right? You break into my home, it's open season. More places here in the US are adopting "Stand Your Ground" and "castle" laws because no one should have to play nice when the sanctity of their home is violated. Break into someone's home, expect to get shot. No one has to 'give a warning'. Ever.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:25

BAN GUNS! This lady is crazy! She should have never had anything more than a knife!

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:29

Wasn't referencing you, just the OP.

How did she have every right to blow his head off in the article it doesn't even say that she gave him a warning, he broke into the house not knowing there was anyone there, that doesn't give someone an automatic right to empty whatever weapon they have into someones head, that's why there are police and judges.


Wow are you ****ing for real? Should warn them?! Right.

I don't know anyone who would wait to find out if they have a weapon first. If they break in using that kind of force, chances are you are going to be severely hurt, or killed because they already don't care.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:36

Wasn't referencing you, just the OP.

How did she have every right to blow his head off in the article it doesn't even say that she gave him a warning, he broke into the house not knowing there was anyone there, that doesn't give someone an automatic right to empty whatever weapon they have into someones head, that's why there are police and judges.


Yeah, and offer tea and discuss what the next move should be, while she is at it?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:38

Well here's our solution to the gun issue then. Ban everything but .38 revolvers. Effective against break-ins, but less lethal in the case a crazed gunman shoots up a school...

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:40

I can already see how this piece of news is going to be used.



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:42

oh, man!!! Any one intrudes my home should get whatever I have to defend myself. I am not going to set back and get harmed in my own property

She may have used a gun, because she doesn't know how much armed he could be, how many back ups.
Yet, If she had any experience with shooting, she shoud fire one shot as alarm @ his leg,then proceed if he doesn't freeze.

peculiar thing is that he had 5 shots in face and neck and still conscious,....pretty weird, unless tangential wounds.