Gr"Annie Get Your Gun"
Dateline Middletown Ohio.
A disabled 64-year-old woman, who says she just got her license to carry a concealed weapon in June to protect herself, repeatedly fired her gun at an intruder during an attempted home invasion robbery overnight, Middletown police said.
No one was hurt, and the intruder, a 21-year-old woman is under arrest and facing several charges including aggravated burglary and drug abuse, police said.
“I can shoot good. If I’d a had my glasses on, I probably would have shot better,” said Mabel Fletcher. “But who thinks about putting on their glasses when they’re getting broken into?”
Officers arrived at her apartment in the 900 block of Kensington Street just after midnight when they responded to a report of shots being fired.
Fletcher told them an intruder came into her home while she was sleeping.
Her dog, a white Bichon Frise named Benji, woke her, so she scrambled in the dark for the 9 mm Glock handgun she bought in February. She keeps it in the nightstand next to her bed.
Fletcher, who has had a stroke and has heart problems and diabetes, said she confronted the intruder with her gun as the woman came into her bedroom.
The woman kept advancing and attacked her, so Fletcher squeezed off a round in self-defense.
“I seen a shadow and then I went to look to see what it was and there she was,” Fletcher said. “She pushed me up and started throwing things at me and it went from there and I shot.”
No one was hit. The intruder ran into the back of the house, where she threw an ironing board at Fletcher.
“She was very powerful. She was high. She was wild. I didn’t want to shoot her, but I didn’t want to get hurt,” Fletcher said. “I told her to stop, but she kept coming at me.”
Fletcher fired again. This time, the intruder pretended to be struck by a bullet and laid on the floor. When Fletcher bent over to check to see if she was breathing, the woman lunged at her. Fletcher fired her gun for the third and final time. The intruder fled out a back window.
Fletcher said she is still shaken up, but is glad she has her gun.
Investigators think the suspect got into Fletcher’s house through a broken guest room window. Until Fletcher’s landlord fixes it, she said she plans to stay with her sister nearby.
“I have heard of so many break-ins and I am a widow and I am by myself and I thought somebody could come in,” she said. “My dog could let me know, but if they could probably shoot him and then I’d have no protection and they could kill me. So I had to get me a weapon to protect myself.”
The intruder was later found asleep, unarmed, in a car on Elman Court, police said. The car’s owner spotted a stranger in the vehicle and called police, who promptly took the woman into custody.
She was identified as Paige Stacy and found in the possession of Xanax, heroin, Hydromorphone and a syringe, police said. She is held without bond at the Middletown jail facing several charges: aggravated burglary, three counts of drug abuse, possession of drug abuse instruments and criminal trespass. She also is wanted for questioning in a drug theft case in Monroe.
Jail officials said she was too intoxicated to make a court appearance this morning, so they will try to get her in front of a judge for her first appearance this afternoon or Thursday morning.
Additional charges are expected.
Re: Gr"Annie Get Your Gun"
We have way to many gun in da CT.
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