A 59-year-old woman who lives near Eight Mile Rd. defended her family from intruders at around 1030 a.m. Wednesday.
The unidentified woman said at first one of the men had tried to get her to open to the front door, banging on it for her to answer. But some thing didn’t seem right to the alert woman. Warning bells prevented her from opening the door to someone she didn’t know.
First, she wasn’t expecting any company at that time. Second, guests of her home always used the doorbell instead of beating away at the door as the man did. Those warnings may have saved her life as she decided not to open her door to the men.
According to Detroit Police Department (DPD) the man knocking at the front door wasn’t alone or deterred when no one answered the door. He and 2 other men with him broke into the home by smashing their way onto the enclosed patio and breaking through the back-window’s security bars intended to keep intruders out.
Hearing the men getting into the house, the terrified woman called the police and armed herself with a .44 caliber handgun.
“I was shaking dialing 911 and I was shaking trying to get the gun out,” she said. “I was, like, oh my God. What is going on?”
Fearing for her safety, the woman fired 3 shots in the direction of the men. 1 went through a window and another through the back door. She wasn’t trying to hit the men, just scare them off.
“I didn’t want to kill nobody, and I didn’t wanna get hurt myself. I was fearing for my own life,” the woman told 7 Action News.
One of the men, however, was struck by one of the bullets. Officers were alerted to a 19-year-old man in possible connection with the home invasion when he was dropped off at the ER by a man driving a white Malibu Sedan.
Officers arrested the man who had come to the ER for treatment of a gunshot wound and the man who was with him. Police are still seeking the driver of the white Malibu, license plate # DVU 0927, as the third man in the bungled home invasion.
Any one with information about the home invasion is encouraged to call DPD’s 8th Precinct or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
The front door is a common place for home invaders to launch their ambush. Fortunately, this woman listened to the warning bells and didn’t open the door to men she didn’t know, or she may not have had time to retrieve her home defense weapon.
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